Laguna Beach police detectives arrested an Oceanside man this week, a “well-dressed burglar” suspected of stealing $200,000 worth of goods from five Laguna Beach jewelry merchants in July as well as committing burglaries elsewhere in south-county.
Detectives seized an estimated $500,000 in stolen jewelry and two loaded firearms after serving a search warrant at the home of Edward Torrison on Tuesday, Sept. 26, Sgt. Jim Cota said.
Torrison attempted to flee from deputies, who detained him after a short foot pursuit, Cota said.
Early on in the inquiry over the break-ins in a bluff-top shopping center that involved two suspects, detectives believed the burglaries were related to a series of thefts occurring in south Orange County, Cota said.
Police did not say how they identified Torrison, 30, as a suspect. A second suspect is still at large. A video of the suspected thieves captured two men wearing long-sleeved white shirts and hats, while one was distinguished by a vest and mustache.
Torrison was booked into Orange County Jail and held for multiple theft and burglary related charges, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“This arrest was the culmination of an excellent police work coupled with a steadfast determination by our investigations unit to apprehend the offenders,” Captain Jeff Calvert said in a statement.
The investigation remains open as Laguna officers work with other agencies to identify additional victims. Anyone with information related to the inquiry is encouraged to call 949 497-0701.