Look-alikes for Ashton Kutcher, Colonel Sanders sought in thefts
The thefts have been reported by residents of the Villa Balboa condominium complex near Hoag Hospital, where about 15 bikes have been stolen from subterranean parking lots around the complex during the past four months, the Daily Pilot reported.
Using surveillance cameras in the garages, members of Villa Balboa's safety committee began reviewing taped footage of the alleged thefts and making DVDs -- at $160 each -- through an independent security company to send to police.
On the tapes, residents have seen a Ford Explorer with a handicap parking placard and a "Support the Troops" bumper sticker driving around, mostly between about 2:50 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., when the crimes happened.
The cameras, however, were not able to catch a full license plate number.
The "Colonel Sanders" suspect looks older than 50, has a goatee, carries a cane and is heavyset, while Kutcher's doppelgänger is less distinct, with black hair and a dark jacket.
In the videos, the suspects test door handles of parked cars, possibly looking to steal items from within unlocked vehicles.
Last week, police circulated fliers with photos of the suspects to the community, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
Newport police have received four reports of bicycle thefts from the complex since June, but no such thefts were reported in April or May, Lowe said.
Residents say, however, that the number of thefts is much higher.
-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News
Photo: Residents are saying the alleged thieves look like Colonel Sanders and Ashton Kutcher. Credit: Newport Beach Police Department