News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

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

12/1/2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #05-15448
Subject :

Major Burglary Property Display
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)

WHAT

Display of possible stolen property related to a series of residential burglaries (by appointment only – see below for instructions)

WHEN

December 5th though 9th, 2005 -- By Appointment Only

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. 

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 residential burglaries in the city of Irvine as well as many other burglaries in other jurisdictions over the past 5 years. 

A large amount of property, some of which may be stolen goods, were seized from a jewelry store in the Los Angeles county area thought to be a location where stolen property may have been disposed of by LOPEZ.  In an attempt to return stolen goods to their rightful owners, the Irvine Police Department will be showing this property to crime victims who may have been victimized by LOPEZ. 

Anyone who was a victim of a burglary where they lost jewelry, coins, firearms or cash are urged to contact Rhonda Muter at (949) 724-7160 to set an appointment with investigators to view the recovered property.  In order to expedite this process please have the following information when you call and when you arrive at your appointment:

1. The police report number and the jurisdiction in which you reside (this property showing is open to all those who lost property and not just Irvine residents).
2. Some proof of ownership of the items that were taken such as an appraisal, photograph, receipt or any other documentation that would be helpful in proving ownership and in uniting victims with their stolen property.

 

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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