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Observant deputy thwarts commercial burglary attempt leading to the arrest of three suspects

Two men are in custody after keen observation by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy interrupted a commercial burglary in progress.

At approximately 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, a deputy was conducting a patrol check in the business area of Lake Forest Drive and Rockfield Avenue in the city of Lake Forest when he noticed a woman sitting in a vehicle parked outside a business.  

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he saw the door to WaBa Grill was ajar and there were two men wearing masks inside. The deputy called for assistance and multiple units responded to surround the building.

The suspects attempted to escape by smashing the rear glass door of the business, but deputies were there to take them into custody.

Lavone King, 29, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of felony commercial burglary and a parole violation. He currently is being held at the Orange County Jail and is not eligible for bail. Martin Peoples, 28, of Palmdale, was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and is also being held at the Orange County Jail. His bail is set at $120,000.

Whitney Finlayson, 32, of Adelanto, also was booked into the Orange County Jail on suspicion of burglary and has posted bond.

“These arrests are a great example of proactive policing by our deputies,” said Cmdr. Dave Sawyer, who oversees field operations for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “The Sheriff’s Department actively works to stop crime and arrest people who choose to break the law.”