Burglars Break In Through Second Floor Windows Of 2 Newport Beach Homes

Two residential burglaries took place in Newport Beach Friday night, both occurring just over a mile apart and at the same time.

In a series of communications released to the public, Newport Beach police said a group of three or four suspects entered the backyard of a property in the Spyglass Hill community around 8 p.m. Friday night. The victims were not at home, police said.

The suspects then located a ladder and accessed the house through a second story window by smashing the master bedroom window and fled in an SUV with jewelry of an unspecified value.

About half an hour later, another break-in occurred in the 1900 block of Port Albans Place. A group of suspects accessed the backyard of a property and stacked patio furniture on a storage container to gain access to the second story window. The window was smashed to gain entry and the suspects apparently located a safe, carried it up the stairs and fled out the front door with it in their vehicle, officials said.

A resident of the Port Albans Place home received a notice from his front door security camera and called the Newport Beach Police Department, but the suspects were gone by the time authorities arrived, it said the police.

These suspects are described in the police report as three Latinos wearing light-colored hats, sweatshirts, pants, shoes and masks who fled in a white SUV.

It is not known if the two burglaries are related. Police did not provide any further details.

Department spokeswoman Heather Rangel said there has been no increase in residential burglaries in the city and authorities are regularly issuing public safety notices to inform the public. On average, over the past five years, Newport Beach has seen a 28% decline and is posting lower numbers this year than last, Rangel said.

Residents are encouraged to contact the department at (949) 644-3717 to report any suspicious activity.

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