News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 724-6077

11/4/2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #05-15448
Subject :

PRESS CONFERENCE/PROPERTY
Major Burglary Arrest and Clearance
Contact :Jeff Love, Lieutenant    (949) 724-7112
    jlove@ci.irvine.ca.us
Mike Hamel, Lieutenant    (949) 724-7163
mhamel@ci.irvine.ca.us

WHERE

Irvine Police Department, One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA (Corner of Harvard and Alton) Room L-103

WHAT

Press conference and display of possible stolen property related to a series of residential burglaries (media only – a display for potential victims will be held in the near future)

WHEN

Friday, November 4, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. Display will be removed at 11:30 a.m.

PRESS RELEASE

IRVINE, CA – On November 2, 2005, at approximately 7:30 P.M., Irvine police officers arrested RAYMOND LOPEZ in Rossmoor, CA, for three residential burglaries that occurred in the Irvine area in the recent past.  This individual is thought to be responsible for as many as 200 residential burglaries in the City of Irvine over the past 5 years.

Arrestee LOPEZ was identified as a suspect after detectives spotted him driving in an area of Irvine that our Crime Analysis Unit, using a new technology of geographic profiling, had identified as being a “hot spot” for criminal activity related to this burglary series.  Geographic profiling is based on a computer algorithm wherein input about the specifics and the locations of burglaries or other crimes is captured, and the program identifies hot spots of projected crime trends as well as probable locations of the suspect’s residence.  This same technology has lead to other significant arrests.

Detectives conducted continuous covert surveillance of LOPEZ over a period of time using GPS technology, and were able to develop incriminating evidence related to LOPEZ’ activities.

LOPEZ is connected to at least three residential burglaries in the City of Irvine through DNA collected at the scenes by Irvine Police forensic specialists.  The Irvine Police Department is pioneering the collection of DNA at the scenes of residential and commercial burglaries for later use in identifying suspects.

Because of LOPEZ’ method of operation, including entry and escape methods, time of day, day of the week, and locations of victimization, we suspect that he could be responsible for as many as 200 or more similar residential burglaries in the City of Irvine over the past 5 years.  Further extensive follow-up investigation will be conducted related to these burglaries, as well as many other burglaries in nearby jurisdictions, including the City of Cypress, whose police detectives assisted in this investigation.

Anyone with any information concerning this matter should contact Sergeant Gary Wyatt at  (949) 724-7080 or the contacts listed above.

Arrested

NAME:  LOPEZ, RAYMOND
DOB:  9-04-1958
RESIDENCE:  Downey, CA
CHARGES:  Burglary, Attempted Burglary and Poss. of Burglary Tools
BOOKED:  Orange County Jail – No Bail


Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 231,117, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century.  For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.

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