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Teens arrested in connection with string of thefts from Costa Mesa cars

July 18, 2011 |  8:12 am

Costa1 Two teenagers in Costa Mesa have been arrested on suspicion of stealing iPods, cellphones and other personal items from unlocked cars.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old Costa Mesa boy and 18-year-old Chandler James Burton were arrested by officers after roaming neighborhoods on the east side of Costa Mesa, allegedly looking for unlocked cars, the Daily Pilot reported.

The pair allegedly stole from at least five unlocked cars between the 2500 block of Fairway Drive and 2600 block of Orange Avenue, taking prescription medicines, sunglasses, iPods, cellphones and other items, said Sgt. Matt Grimmond of the Costa Mesa Police Department.

The two were spotted when a resident was awakened by barking dogs and his car alarm going off, Grimmond said.


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Map shows location of one of the areas in which teens allegedly broke into cars in Costa Mesa. Source: Google Maps