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Burglary suspect arrested in Whittier following video ID

On Tuesday, Dec 31, at 10:31 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a burglary report in the 900 block of South Coast Hwy. The reporting party stated a safe was stolen from inside of an office at the business. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers conducted an investigation and discovered the suspects entered through the front door at about 4:45 a.m., with a key from the lock box attached to a pole next to the business entrance. They then took the safe and exited through the back door onto the 100 block of Thalia Street.” 

Police Files Matt GauvinSurveillance footage captured the alleged suspects entering the front door with possible video footage of the vehicle. A report was taken and forwarded to the Investigations Division. 

Sgt Cota said, “On Thursday, Jan 9, at 8:21 a.m., detectives responded to the City of Whittier in order to execute an arrest warrant for a suspect who is wanted fo a commercial burglary in the City of Laguna Beach.” 

Sgt Cota said, “The suspect, Matt Gauvin, was scheduled to meet with his probation officer and when he arrived at the location, detectives took him into custody. Matt James Gauvin, 45, of Whittier, was transported back to LBPD for booking and later taken to OC Jail.”

Bail was set at $60,000.

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.

Home burglarized in “cinder block break-in” 

On Thursday, Jan 9, at 10:45 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Panorama Drive in reference to a burglary report.

According to Sgt Cota, “The reporting party advised that they left the residence at approximately 6 a.m. and when they arrived on home at approximately 10:35 p.m., they discovered a cinder block was thrown through the back glass door and the master bedroom appeared ransacked.” 

Sgt Cota said, “Several pieces of jewelry were stolen and an approximate loss was determined to be $5,000. The homeowners cleaned up the crime scene prior to contacting the police department.”

 A report was taken by LBPD.

  -By Suzie Harrison


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