A 42-year-old man has been arrested after being identified as the possible perpetrator of stealing personal property from inside of classrooms at three different Orange County schools.
On January 11, a teacher at Irvine Baptist Church noticed that her wallet was missing from her purse, which she had left inside of an unoccupied classroom. She reported that her wallet contained money, her driver’s license, and a bank card.
The culprit’s image was seen when a review of the church surveillance video showed a man entering the classroom and shuffling through the woman’s bag before taking her wallet and exiting the room. The offender’s car, a white Chevy Malibu, was also seen in video footage from a parking lot camera.
In a second incident a little while later, at Concordia University in Irvine, authorities were alerted that someone had taken wallets out of backpacks, in addition to $500 out of an office at the school. University officials saw a man on their surveillance camera footage. The car and license plate of the offender were captured as well, and it appeared that it was the same man and Chevy Malibu from the church’s video.
A third video-captured theft occurred in the library at University High School in Irvine, where it was reported that $518 had been taken from a safe.
On January 18, investigators went to the San Bernardino home of Antwoine Elvine after he was identified as the alleged thief. He was taken into custody and booked into the Orange County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing.
If you or someone you love is suspected of theft, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.