It's a Festivus miracle!
A 5-year-old Corona boy has been reunited with his missing bike thanks to some dot connecting by Irvine Police Department investigators.
Irvine Police received a call around 9:30 a.m. Sunday about a suspicious man lurking around vehicles in a church parking lot. The caller, who was also in the lot at the time, made eye contact with the man as she started her car, prompting the fellow to walk away.
About an hour later, officers were called to the Turtle Ridge Apartments, where a small amount of money was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. As the cop was taking the report, a second victim approached saying his cell phone had also just been stolen from his car, but he was able to track it using his “Find My Droid” application.
As the second guy was providing the officer a description of the thief, they spotted him. That led to a foot chase that ended in a nearby marsh as well as the arrest without incident of Tony Angulo Jr., 32, of Riverside County, just after 12:30 p.m.
Officers recovered a small amount of cash as well as a purse and iPad stolen from a third victim's vehicle, according to a statement from Lt. Julia Engen, the Irvine Police spokeswoman. She added that Angulo was wearing a jacket that was missing from a
Honda stolen from Corona on Saturday.
The Honda was recovered a short distance from the apartment complex from where it had been nicked. That's not the only form of wheeled transportation that had been stolen from the apartment complex, however.
Investigating officers discovered a child's bicycle had been taken from a closed garage, a crime they noticed was announced via a missing poster affixed to the garage door by the 5-year-old victim:
As Engen's release notes, a little further probing by the cops resulted in the boy getting his bike back.
Angulo was booked into the Orange County Jail on multiple theft charges and held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before "graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.