Summer Crime Spree in Laguna Beach Lands 30-Year-Old Man in Jail

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NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) - A 30-year-old man who went on a summer crime spree in Laguna Beach pleaded guilty to committing burglaries and other thefts that authorities say netted him about $200,000 in valuables, court papers obtained today show.

Edward David Torrison of Oceanside pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of grand theft and one count of receiving stolen property, all felonies, and admitted sentencing enhancement allegations of property damage exceeding $65,000.

Torrison, who is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, admitted his guilt Friday in his second court appearance in the case.

He was arrested Sept. 26 in Oceanside, where he lives with his girlfriend. Police found about $500,000 in stolen jewelry and two loaded guns in the suspect's residence, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota.

Police were called July 26 about burglaries at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center, where losses at four stores exceeded $200,000, Cota said. A second suspect shown in surveillance video from one of those burglaries is still at large and remains unidentified, he said.

Police suspect Torrison was involved in other burglaries, as well, Cota said, including a break-in on the north side of Laguna Beach.

After Torrison's arrest, Laguna police got ``phone calls galore'' from other law enforcement agencies working to solve similar crimes, Cota said.

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