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Lake Forest deputy’s proactive efforts thwart potential string of burglaries

Three men were arrested -- and a burglary plan potentially foiled -- after an observant deputy noticed suspicious behavior and initiated an investigative car stop in the city of Lake Forest.

At nearly 3 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, a deputy was patrolling a business complex area near the north dead-end area of Bridger Road. The deputy noticed an occupied Chevy Malibu with a man standing outside of it, appearing to block the license plate.

As the deputy approached, the man hurried back into the car and drove off.

The deputy conducted an investigative car stop and found three of the men had active arrests warrants for burglary. Kevin Jamine Reed, 19; Albert Demetrius Jackson, 18; and Jorge Anthony Martinez, 19, all were taken into custody and transported to the Orange County Jail.

The two other occupants of the vehicle were released – one with a citation for a vehicle code violation.

During a subsequent search of the vehicle, the deputy found tools for breaking glass.

“We believe this group of men were about to commit one or a several commercial or vehicle burglaries in the community, but their efforts were interrupted by our deputy,” said OCSD Lt. Chad Taylor, Chief of Police Services for Lake Forest. “This not only is a great example of proactive patrol work, but it is also emblematic of the commitment of our deputies in keeping our community safe.”