On Monday, deputies were called to The Shops at Mission Viejo to help college police and mall security find a possible suspect in a theft reported earlier in the day. A victim had reported activity on his stolen credit card that was being used by the suspect at the mall.
The suspect was found in one of the stores and was arrested for commercial burglary and possession of stolen property without incident. Investigators later found other stolen items in the suspect’s vehicle.
Police also arrested a suspect in a home-invasion robbery Tuesday. Deputies went to the Promenade Apartments at 9 a.m. in response to a report of a home-invasion robbery that happened at 1 a.m. The victims were tied up, pistol whipped and robbed of money, cell phones and tennis shoes. The known suspect threatened their lives if they reported the incident, so they delayed in calling police.
Sheriff’s Investigators and CSI personnel collected information and evidence from the scene. The suspect, who is considered the “main suspect,” was arrested at 6 p.m. in Mission Viejo while attempting to flee the area with his mother. Investigators are pursuing leads regarding the two remaining suspects.