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Volume 6, Issue 95  | November 26, 2021

Police Files

The smell of fire in the air Sunday was attributed to Riverside County fire

The smell of smoke was in the air Sunday throughout Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Police Department reported that the smell was attributed to the Lanza Fire in Riverside County.

The Lanza Fire was reported at a 17-acre brush fire in the Corona area. Air tankers and helicopters were used to aid the fighting.

The fire was controlled by Sunday evening.

No homes were reported damaged.

A fire department statement reported that the fire was started by a vehicle that had driven off road.

Suspect breaks three separate windows before gaining entry into Newport Coast residence

A residential burglary occurred sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 in Newport Coast on Pelican Hill Road N. 

An unknown suspect climbed a fence to access the backyard of the property. The suspect then located a ladder on the side of the house which was used to reach a second story window. The suspect shattered the window but was not able to enter the house through the broken window. 

After climbing down the ladder, the suspect shattered a glass panel in a rear door but was not able to enter the house through the shattered panel. 

The suspect then shattered a third glass panel in another rear door and was able to get access into the residence. Inside, the suspect rummaged through drawers in various bedrooms throughout the residence before fleeing the scene. 

Newport Beach Police were notified on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The loss was unknown at that time and there was no suspect information available.

Burglar accesses second story balcony to enter home to make off with collectibles

Once again, burglars took advantage of a residence with the victim away. This time on Tuesday, Nov. 16, around 6:35 p.m., in the Newport Heights community in the 500 block of Westminster Ave.

An unknown suspect accessed the side of the house and climbed up to a second story balcony. Once on the balcony, the suspect shattered a sliding glass door and entered the house. That suspect, however, triggered an interior alarm, which notified the Newport Beach Police Department. Officers arrived shortly thereafter, but the suspect was no longer at the scene.

The suspect managed to take some collectible items. There was no information on the suspect.

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