A 35-year-old Irvine man was charged Tuesday with multiple felony counts of vandalism for allegedly scratching vehicles in Irvine and Newport Beach.
Shallom Han was charged with 14 felony counts of vandalism. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and was ordered to return to court June 15 for a pretrial hearing in the Harbor Justice Court in Newport Beach.
Han was arrested May 23, but released on bail the following day, and then was again arrested on May 25, according to jail records.
Irvine police were called to parking structures at Park Plaza May 20 after several vehicles were found to have been vandalized, Irvine Police Department Sgt. Karie Davies said.
One of the vehicles, a Tesla, captured the vandal in the act using a sharp object to scratch the paint, Davies said.
Several other vehicles nearby were also scratched between May 19 and May 21, Davies said.
Seven more vehicles were scratched at an apartment community at 2777 Alton on May 21 and May 22, Davies said. Video surveillance showed the same suspect walking through the parking structure at the apartment complex, Davies said.
Police estimated the damage to the vehicles at about $50,000.
When surveillance video was shared on social media, someone called police to identify the suspect, which led to Han’s arrest on Sunday in Costa Mesa, Davies said.
In Newport Beach, police were called just before 4 p.m. May 21 about vandalized cars in a parking structure near Newport Center and Santa Rosa drives, according to Newport Beach police.
Police found evidence that six vehicles were scratched, causing about $40,000 in damage, police said.
Anyone with information helpful to the Newport Beach police investigation were asked to call 949-644-3761 or email email@example.com. Irvine police asked anyone with information to call 949-724-7188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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