Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Two men and a woman were behind bars Thursday on suspicion of a burglary spree that Irvine police say was active throughout California and in the states of Washington and Oregon.

Isaiah Woods, 21, of Sun Valley, Vernon Hill, 20, of Ethrata, Wash., and Victory Rogers, 25, of Southwestern Burien, Wash., were being held in Orange County Jail without bail.

A male juvenile, whose name was not released, was also detained, according to Farrah Emami of the Irvine Police Department.

The three adults were booked on suspicion of commercial burglary, grand theft, conspiracy to commit a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Emami said.

Three male suspects stole 17 iPads from a Target store at Irvine Spectrum about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Emami said. One of the suspects distracted a clerk, who unlocked a case full of the computers, before the others grabbed the devices and ran, Emami said.

A female suspect was the driver of the getaway car, Emami said.

Surveillance video footage of the theft and detailed descriptions from witnesses helped police track down the four suspects outside of a Best Buy in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, where a similar caper had occurred, Emami said.

Investigators suspect the four were involved in 20 similar heists throughout the state from Lathrop to San Diego as well as about a dozen in Oregon and Washington, Emami said. The alleged thieves targeted Target, Walmart and Best Buy stores, Emami said.

Irvine police were working with Ventura and Los Angeles police on the investigation.

City News Service

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