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Good, solid police work leads to commercial burglary arrest in Laguna Canyon

In the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 4, a Laguna Beach Police Officer was conducting patrol checks of businesses along Laguna Canyon Road. LBPD, in fact, had increased patrol checks in this area due to multiple recent commercial burglaries.

At 3:46 a.m., the officer observed a vehicle leaving a closed business and conducted a traffic enforcement stop based on a vehicle equipment violation. The officer observed various items in the vehicle which heightened the officer’s suspicion.

Following an investigation, the driver, Joseph Hernandez, a resident of Chino Hills, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and on various additional charges. Officers were also able to determine ownership of the stolen equipment, which had a value of some $20,000, and were able to return the items to the owners.

Police also found that a passenger in Hernandez’ vehicle, who was also a resident of Chino Hills, was a career criminal currently on probation. He is being investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for related charges.

This single traffic enforcement stop solved this burglary and various other burglaries since November.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary and thefts is urged to contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at 949.497.0701.

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

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