Two people were arrested in the early morning hours of Monday, June 24, after an attempted burglary at a jewelry store in Yorba Linda. The attempted burglary procedures were very similar to recent jewelry store burglaries in other South County cities.
On Sunday, June 23, a jewelry store owner in Yorba Linda responded to his store to find the power to the business had been disabled. Recognizing that similar tactics were used in previous jewelry store burglaries in South County, the store owner contacted the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Yorba Linda Police Services investigators set up surveillance of the business that evening. At approximately 2 a.m., multiple subjects gained entry to the business through the front door. Deputies detained two subjects at the store, and two fled in a vehicle. Deputies followed the vehicle to the point where the suspects abandoned it and the two were not located during a perimeter search.
The two suspects detained at the scene, Andres Ismitt Hidalgo Duarte, 29, and Almendra Yeliann Marchant Torres, 22, who had Chilean ID, were arrested and booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony burglary and criminal conspiracy. They are ineligible for bail and are expected to be arraigned on June 25.
Yorba Linda investigators will be working to confirm if these are connected to the two previous jewelry store burglaries.
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