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More Than $20K Worth of Jewelry Stolen from Newport Homes

Three homes on Promontory Drive in Newport Beach are burglarized. Police say residents were not home.

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Three homes on Promontory Drive in Newport Beach were burglarized Tuesday, with more than $20,000 in jewelry being stolen, a police official reported.

The burglaries took place at homes in the 100 block of Promontory Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Jennifer Manzella, police spokeswoman, said in each case the suspect forced open the front door with some type of tool and stole men's, women's and costume jewelry totaling $23,850.


"Our detectives will investigate all three cases thoroughly to determine if the same suspect, or suspects, were responsible for all three burglaries," Manzella said.  

Manzella said one resident reported about $1,350 worth of jewelry stolen, another lost about $2,000 in jewelry and the third resident said about $20,500 in jewelry was taken.

None of the residents were home when the burglaries occurred.

Home Safety Tips
  • Always lock your windows and doors when you go out, even if for only a few minutes.
  • All windows should be equipped with a secondary security lock.
  • All exterior doors should be of a solid core construction and have a deadbolt lock. This includes the  door leading from the garage into your home.
  • These doors should also be  equipped with a security strike plate using four to six, three inch screws.  The screws should affix the strike plate to the home’s structure not just the frame of the door.
  • Never leave a purse, wallet or other valuables in plain sight.
  • If you have a safe, make sure that it is properly secured with bolts so that it cannot be easily removed.
  • Always close and lock your safe, and never leave a key or combination laying around.
  • If your home is equipped with an alarm, always activate it even if you’re only going out for a short walk.
  • If you allow individuals such as housekeepers in your home while you are away, they should have a separate alarm code. 
  • If your system is setup to chime when a door or window is opened, make sure that the chime volume is loud enough to be heard throughout the residence.
  • Always keep your front and rear porch lights on from dusk to dawn and use motion detector lighting along the sides of your home or   areas with little foot traffic.
  • Keep landscaping trimmed down around doorways, windows, and light fixtures.
  • Report all suspicious activity by calling the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717.

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Mark Adams August 15, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Am I the only one wondering where our 127 man police force is? The recent rash of burglaries in Newport indicate they're not patrolling as they should looking for suspicious individuals. Maybe they need to turn off their a/c units, roll down the windows and start looking around

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