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Costa Mesa Police Department
Wednesday September 11th, 2013 :: 05:45 p.m. PDT


Costa Mesa police officers arrest burglar attempting forced entry into a work truck parked on a residential street.

On Wednesday, 09-11-13, during early morning hours, Costa Mesa police officers arrested a burglar who was attempting to access a secured work truck parked in a residential area.

Shortly after 5:00 a.m., Officer Guenther was patrolling the residential area near the 1500 block of Wintergreen Place, when he observed a suspicious Dodge mini-van. The van had its license plates covered and was parked along the south side of the street.

Upon approaching the van in his squad car, the occupied van sped away from the police car fleeing northbound through an adjacent alley. The driver ditched the van nearby and attempted to flee from officers on foot, leaving the van. A second male suspect exited the van and also fled on foot from police. Officer Guenther and other officers arrested the driver, Maurice Harrigan, found hiding in the backyard of a residence along the 3100 block of Mace Ave. Officers were unable to locate the second suspect.

Officers confirmed the suspects had attempted to break into a large work truck, using an acetylene torch to force their way into the secured truck to steal expensive commercial plumbing equipment. Additional industrial grade burglary tools were recovered from the suspect vehicle.

50 year old Maurice Harrigan, of Perris, was taken to Hoag Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. He was then booked at Orange County Jail, Santa Ana, per the charges of 664-459 PC (attempt vehicle burglary), 466 PC (possession of burglary tools), and 148(a)(1) PC (resisting arrest) He is being held on bail set at $20,000.00.

Not coincidentally, Officer Guenther was awarded Costa Mesa’s “2012 Recovery Officer of the Year” award in May of this year. During that awards ceremony held in the City of Irvine, Officer Guenther enjoyed the distinction of locating and safely recovering the most stolen vehicles from Costa Mesa the previous year. His proactive enforcement throughout the city during 2012 resulted in his recovery of 18 stolen vehicles, 3 of which were occupied by suspects. His self-initiated efforts resulted in 5 felony arrests as well as the financial recovery of $186,810 worth of stolen vehicles.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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