Police to Display Items Stolen by ‘Prolific’ Car Burglar
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities in Garden Grove are holding a public viewing of hundreds of items believed to have been stolen by a serial vehicle burglar.
According to Garden Grove police, the suspect is “one of the most prolific vehicle burglars” they have ever encountered.
Potential victims are being asked to visit the Garden Grove Community Center at 11300 Stanford Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
There have been 247 reported vehicle burglaries in the southwest portion of Garden Grove since January of 2011, police said in a news release.
A white Range Rover was spotted in the area of several of the burglaries, and one victim was able to get a license plate number.
Police served a search warrant on Oct. 12 at a home associated with the Range Rover.
They found hundreds of pieces of stolen property from the vehicle burglaries, along with a handgun and a Taser.
Police also discovered 119 California driver’s licenses, 241 credit cards, several hundred purses and wallets and nearly $100,000 in cash.
Investigators have located victims from Garden Grove, Westminster, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Buena Park and L.A. County.
Julio Cesar Pachas and an underage girl were detained by police as they tried to leave the home.
The girl admitted she had been dating Pachas, and authorities found nude pictures of her on his cell phone, police said.
Pachas was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse, manufacturing child porn, four counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun by a felon.
He was released on bond, and police believe that he was involved in additional car burglaries after his first arrest.
On Nov. 20, detectives served a second search warrant and discovered additional stolen property from a storage unit Pachas was using.
Pachas and his girlfriend, Michella Ann Fuquay, 20, were located at his sister’s house and arrested for possession of stolen property.
Officers involved in the investigation will be available at the public viewing to answer questions. Police have also set up an information line at 714-563-6052.