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Costa Mesa Police Department
Friday May 23rd, 2014 :: 09:11 a.m. PDT


Suspect Arrested in Connection With Multiple Residential Burglaries

On 05-16-14, Costa Mesa Police arrested Marc Christopher Marchetti in connection with multiple home burglaries. Marchetti was previously known by Costa Mesa Police investigators from the investigation into an October 2013 burglary of a residence in the 2000 block of Aliso Avenue in Costa Mesa. In that burglary, over $5,000 in jewelry items were reported as stolen. He was arrested about two weeks after that incident while trying to sell stolen jewelry at a Jewelry and Loan business in Costa Mesa. At the time of that arrest, Marchetti was additionally found to be in possession of jewelry identified as stolen during the commission of a burglary to a residence in Newport Beach. In November of 2013, Marchetti pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was sentenced to a term in the Orange County Jail and three years of formal probation. Marchetti was released from custody to finish his term of probation on April 18, 2014.

A Costa Mesa Police Crime Scene Investigator, after conducting forensic investigation on residential burglaries near the end of April and beginning of May, found similarities with those crimes to Marchetti’s prior arrest for stolen jewelry. Upon researching further, the CSI Specialist found that Marchetti had been recently released from custody. Suspecting he may be again active in the area, the CSI specialist coordinated with Property Crimes Detectives. With only suspicion as to his activities, detectives worked to locate Marchetti, finding him staying at a motel near Harbor Blvd. and Gisler Ave. Detectives then began monitoring his activities in neighborhoods near the area.

While monitoring Marchetti on May 16, detectives were led to the Mesa Verde neighborhood of Costa Mesa, west of the area of Harbor and Gisler, where Marchetti was observed entering back yards to homes where the homeowners appeared to be away. Marchetti was confronted by detectives when he jumped over a fence of one yard and into another yard. He refused to stop for police and began to flee throughout several streets and yards. Additional officers responded to the area to assist in cordoning off the area and prevent the escape of Marchetti as a yard to yard search was initiated.

Marchetti was arrested by CMPD officers in the 1800 block of Gisler Avenue after a 20 minute search of the area. Upon his arrest, Marchetti was found to be wearing or in possession of property taken in recent burglaries. The Costa Mesa Police Investigations Bureau is continuing with efforts to determine whether Marchetti can be connected to additional residential burglaries in Costa Mesa, or other areas, between April 18 and May 16.

Marchetti was booked into the Orange County Jail and subsequently charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, loitering on private property, and resisting arrest. Pursuant to violating the terms of his probation, Marchetti is being held without bail.

In one of the burglaries, it is alleged Marchetti stole a piece of heirloom jewelry, which a grandmother was saving for her granddaughter. This treasured family memento will be an honor for the Police Department to reunite with this victim, among additional property items to be returned to other burglary victims in the community.

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

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Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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