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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 8  |  January 26, 2021

Police Files

Two arrested after allegedly breaking front door from hinges

On Friday, Jan. 8, at approximately 4:55 a.m., Newport Beach Police were dispatched to the area of Shorecrest Lane and E. Coast Highway for a residential burglary that had just occurred. The reporting party stated that they heard a loud bang and discovered the front door of the residence had been broken from its hinges.

The resident was able to offer police a description of two suspects fleeing the area, each driving a gold and gray truck.

Officers arrived on the scene and were able to locate both trucks and suspects in the area. 

Whitney Noelle Vigil, 28, of Lakewood, was arrested at 6:14 a.m. at Clubhouse Drive and E. Coast Highway. She was charged with alleged residential burglary with a forced entry.

Gordon Kenny Abbott, 44, of Long Beach, was also arrested in the 4500 block of Shorecrest Lane. His charges included alleged residential burglary with a forced entry and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Both suspects were held on $50,000 bail.

Suspect reportedly climbs tree to enter home through rear balcony

While residents of a Big Canyon home on Rue Deauville were out, a suspect reportedly climbed a tree in the backyard to enter inside their home through the rear balcony. The incident occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

After getting onto the balcony, the suspect shattered a glass door panel and was able to reach through to unlock the door leading into the home. Once inside, the suspect ransacked the master closets and master bathroom and also rummaged through drawers, cabinets and closets throughout the upstairs portion of the house.

Taken were a purse and jewelry.

No suspect information is available.

Fraudulent credit card investigation leads to arrest

Newport Beach Police were dispatched to the area of Irvine Avenue and Westcliff Drive on December 24 at 3:23 a.m. The reporting party notified police that a suspect attempted to use a fraudulent credit card.

Before police arrived, the suspect fled the scene reportedly driving a white Chevrolet.

Newport Beach Detectives investigated, which eventually led to the arrest of Michael John Raymond O’Keefe, 31, of Fountain Valley, at 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7. O’Keefe was apprehended in the 11800 block of Amethyst Ct. in Fountain Valley.

He was charged with alleged commercial burglary using fraud, identity theft for personating another in an attempt to get money or property and on a felony probation violation.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Unknown employee paid $37,556

Newport Beach Police took a fraud report on Friday, Jan. 8, from a business in the 200 block of Newport Center Drive.

The report stated that an unknown suspect was added to the payroll of the business and had four transactions totaling $37,556. The incident occurred on December 9.

Police are investigating.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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