Alleged burglary ring suspected of hitting UCI, UCLA, other colleges
Two Long Beach residents arrested Wednesday in a string of burglaries at UC Irvine are believed to be responsible for other thefts at universities around Southern California, including UCLA.
When UCI police executed search warrants at two locations in Long Beach, they found a stash of purses, wallets and credit cards that police say were stolen during campus burglaries, according to a news release.
Karim Patrece Davis, 28, and Angie Latoya Gray, 25, were arrested in connection with the crimes. Jacob Amir Qureshi, 22, and Jason Robert Walker, 28, who were with Gray and Davis, were arrested on outstanding warrants, said Jeff Hutchison, assistant police chief at UCI.
Police suspect that the UCI thefts are connected to related crimes at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and other Southern California campuses. Footage of a man police believe is Davis was captured on camera at UCLA, and the campus sent out a bulletin to other schools in the system, Hutchison said.
Because teens or crews often target places like campuses or malls, bulletins are sent out to neighboring campuses, and it was surveillance from campus cameras that linked the crimes, Hutchison said.
“We pulled our video and went, ‘Wow! That’s the same guy,’ ” Hutchison said.
-- Lauren Williams
Photo: UCLA campus. Credit: Los Angeles Times