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Thieves Steal Xmas Gifts and Giant Elmo

Christmas presents, decorations and other items were recently taken from cars and yards around Newport Beach.

Keep your Christmas presents, decorations and other items out of your car and in a safe place; Newport Beach police say thieves are on the prowl for your holiday items.

  • Police say sometime between Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into a locked car parked in the 400 block of Catalina Drive. Disney and Hello Kitty Christmas gifts, sunglasses and boots were stolen from the trunk.
  • On Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., an unknown suspect stole a 5-foot-tall Elmo Christmas lawn figure from the front yard of a home in the 400 block of Riverside Avenue.
  • Sometime between Monday at 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:15 a.m.,  an unknown suspect broke into a locked vehicle parked in the 400 block of Holmwood Drive and rummaged through it. Police say no items were reported missing.
  • Police say on Saturday between 6 and 8:30 a.m., an unknown suspect stole a stereo face plate, money and a gym bag from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2900 block of Cliff Drive.
  • According to police, sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday an unknown suspect broke into a locked vehicle parked on Broad Street and Redlands Avenue. An Ogio golf bag was stolen from the trunk.
  • Sometime between Friday at noon and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., an unknown suspect broke into a locked vehicle parked in the 300 block of Santa Ana. Police say two flashlights, clothing, sheets, towels, money, cooler, headphones, a remote for DVD player, a Burberry umbrella and a Leatherman tool were stolen.

Safety Tips:

  • Park your vehicle as close to the store’s entrance as possible. When you know you will be returning to your car after dark, park directly under a light fixture, but away from large bushes.
  • Don’t leave valuables or Christmas presents in your vehicle, hide them prior to arriving at your destination, and always lock your vehicle. 
  • While shopping don’t advertise your valuable purchases. Place packages in the trunk of your car before your arms become full. In the event you are being watched, move your car to another spot. Thieves watch for shoppers placing valuables in unattended cars. 
  • Use caution when approaching your vehicle. Stay alert and have your keys ready in your hand. Watch out for anyone hiding in or loitering near your car. 
  • If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your vehicle alone, ask a store employee for assistance. 
  • After you have completed a purchase, make sure you place your credit card and ID back in your wallet and your wallet in your purse or pocket.
  • At home: Don’t advertise your new gifts. Breakdown all containers and boxes before throwing them away. A box or container advertising your new TV, computer, or other electronic product, left out by the trash, may attract a burglar to your home.
  • If you observe suspicious activity while shopping or unloading your purchases, call the police department at 949-644-3717.

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