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Alleged purse burglar arrested following LBPD investigation

On Wednesday, Feb 13, at 9:45 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a residence on Sunset Ridge Drive in reference to a burglary report. 

“The victim stated an unknown suspect broke into their garage and stole approximately $10,000 worth of purses containing credit cards and personal information,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

The report was sent to Investigations for follow-up. Fast forward to last month…

Police Files Shane Duncan“Detectives identified the suspect after he began making fraudulent charges on their credit cards,” Sgt Cota said. “The video surveillance from one of the businesses captured a license plate of a suspect vehicle which linked Shane Duncan as a possible suspect.”

A record check revealed Duncan was on active parole. Detectives contacted Duncan’s parole agent, who positively identified Duncan from the surveillance footage. Detectives also learned that Duncan was taken into custody on April 26 on a parole hold for an unrelated charge.

“On May 1, detectives responded to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside where Duncan was being held. Upon contacting Duncan, I immediately recognized him as the suspect in the surveillance footage,” Sgt Cota said. 

After he was released from the detention center, detectives re-arrested Shane Richard George Peter Duncan, 45, of Adelanto, on five counts of burglary, four counts of identity theft, and four counts of credit card fraud.

Bail was set at $95,000.

Local resident bilked out of $20K thinking he’s helping his friend get out of jail

On Thursday, May 2, at 12:48 p.m., an LBPD officer responded to a local residence in reference a fraud investigation. The victim, according to Sgt Cota, was an 87-year-old Laguna Beach resident. 

“He received a call advising that his friend had been arrested and the bail was $20,000,” Sgt Cota said. “The victim wired the funds and later learned that it was a scam and his friend had never been arrested.”

 A report was taken and submitted to Investigations for follow-up.

$1,250 sunglasses stolen from local boutique

On Thursday, May 2, at 2:31 p.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to Milano Eye Boutique, at 729 South Coast Hwy, for a reported theft. The reporting party described the suspect as a white male with a mustache, wearing a hat and pink shorts.

The suspect was last seen walking southbound on South Coast Highway away from the store. 

“The subject was inside the store for approximately 10-15 minutes, then exited the store. Officers were advised the subject removed a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses from the store without paying for them,” Sgt Cota said. “The sunglasses are valued at $1,250.” 

A report was taken and submitted to Investigations for follow-up.

Teens continue to harass their neighbor

On Saturday, May 4, at 8:57 p.m., LBPD received a report regarding approximately seven teens harassing a local resident.

“The teens were knocking on the RP’s garage and front door; it’s an ongoing issue according to the victim,” Sgt Cota said. 

According to police records, the caller said, “They have been doing this every Friday and the security from the front gate has logs of harassment from last week.”

“Officers were unable to locate the teens last seen in a golf cart,” Sgt Cota said.

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