Between Jan. 20 and Jan. 21, three homes were burglarized in Orange, according to the Orange Police Department (OPD). In each of the incidents, one or more flat screen televisions were stolen.
On Jan. 20 at approximately 4:42 a.m., Orange Police were dispatched to 1311 14th St. in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, the male victim advised police he had been out his house at a party the prior evening. When returning home at approximately 4 a.m., the victim noticed several items were missing from his residence. The man reported he was missing a 42-inch flat screen TV, a 32-inch flat screen Sony TV, auto speakers, an Xbox and a personal home safe. He was unable to provide police with a suspect.
On Jan. 21 at about 12:13 a.m., Orange Police were dispatched to 1807 Rein St. in Orange regarding a report of another burglary. The female victim advised police that she her home was burglarized while she was out for the evening. She reported she was missing a 40-inch flat screen Panasonic TV, a Toshiba tablet computer, a 15-inch Apple laptop computer and a 17.5-inch Panasonic laptop computer. She was not able to identify any suspects.
On the same night at approximately 9:30 p.m., Orange Police responded to a call regarding a third burglary at 111 Pine St. Apt. 22. The woman who reported the burglary told police she left her apartment at about 8:45 p.m. and returned close to 9:20 p.m. She said while she was out someone had entered her home through her kitchen window and stolen a Sony Playstation 3 and a 32-inch flat screen Sanyo TV. She did not know who may have stolen the items.
According to Captain Cliff Hargrave of OPD, although similar items were stolen in the three burglaries, it is not known if the crimes are related. He said TVs, computers and video game consoles are some of the most common items thieves look for when burglarizing a home.
“They don’t have to look around for that stuff,” Hargrave explained. “It’s all just sitting out, and they can go down the road and sell it immediately.”
Hargrave said none of the victims of the three burglaries had the serial numbers for the missing items. He cautioned that although many people do not keep track of the serial numbers on items like TVs, guns and computers, everyone should. He said reputable pawn shop operators use a computer database to search for serial numbers of stolen items prior to purchasing goods from sellers.