Vandals Smash Windows to Steal from Newport Cars

Social security cards, electronic items and cash were stolen this week from locked and unlocked cars parked around Newport Beach. Police urge residents to lock car doors and windows at all times.

Locked and unlocked cars were recently broken into in Newport Beach, police reported.

  • Sometime between Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 2:25 p.m., an unknown suspect broke into a car parked in a driveway in the 300 block of Santa Isabel. According to police, an iPod classic, iPod touch, Volcom knit cap, phone charger, coin holder and money were stolen from the car.
  • On Sunday afternoon an unknown suspect smashed the front passenger side window of a car parked in the 2300 block of University. Police say the suspect grabbed the victim's purse from the floor of the car. Inside was a wallet, prescription sunglasses, two social security cards, a debit card, a checkbook and a set of keys.
  • Police say sometime between Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 30 at 8:15 a.m., an unknown suspect entered an unlocked car parked in the driveway of a home in the 1800 block of Braemer Way. A Dell laptop, an iPhone car charger and a Blackberry car charger was taken, but the laptop was later recovered by the Costa Mesa Police Department.
  • Sometime between Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m., an unknown suspected smashed the rear passenger side window of  car parked in the 40400 block of Santa Ana Avenue. A make-up bag was reported missing.

Vehicle Safety Tips:

  • Take valuables out: Remove all valuable from plain sight or hide them before arriving at your destination.
  • Lock your vehicle: Verify your vehicle is securely locked before leaving the area.
  • Close your windows: An open window or sunroof allows for quick entry into your vehicle by a thief – Always check that they are completely shut before leaving your vehicle.


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