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Laguna Beach Man Is Brazen Cat Burglar, Say Police

Cameron Bilbrey was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sneaking into four Laguna Niguel homes and stealing valuables while the occupants slept.

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies believe a Laguna Beach teen is the cat burglar who snuck into four Laguna Niguel homes early Thursday morning and stole jewelry, purses and electronics while the occupants slept.

According to deputies, 18-year-old Laguna Beach resident Cameron Bilbrey snuck into the homes through unlocked doors and windows over the course of an hour starting just before 4 a.m., said department spokesman Jim Amormino. The first victim, who lives on the 21200 block of Rue De Gauguin, called to report the crime at 4:05 a.m., said Amornino. As investigators responded to that first call, three more burglary reports came in from Rue De Gauguin and the nearby Camery Heights neighborhood, he added.

“In all four burglaries, the people were home,” said Amormino. “They heard the noise, but they thought it was the wind.”

Shortly after the calls came in, deputies saw Bilbrey walking down the street near the burglaries.

“Deputies saw the suspect walking down the street with no shoes on, which is typical for burglars because they don’t want to make noise or leave prints,” said Amormino.

When deputies stopped him, they found one of the victims’ identification cards in his pocket, and his Ford Escort was parked nearby chock-full of purses, cash, credit cards, prescription drugs, electronic equipment, cameras and gift cards, said Amormino.

Police are encouraging residents to be vigilant about locking the windows, doors and cars.

“In all the cases, the burglar used unlocked entries,” said Amormino. “This is a nice area, and sometimes people become complacent.”

Investigators believe Bilbrey burglarized the four homes and attempted to break into two others. Investigators also think there could be more victims. Anyone who believes they were targeted should call investigators at 714-628-7170.

Laguna Student November 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
How do you plan on pleading not guilty? They have evidence that you stole these items from their house because you left them in your car and they found them in your car. So, how are you going to defend your not-guilt plea, are you going to say "My bad guys, I was high/blacking out on a series of prescription medication(That were probably not prescribed to you) and alcohol. I won't do it again." Like that will hold up in court. Plus, I don't even know why anyone is mentioning the fact that he played football. How does that make what he did better? It doesn't. On top of that the Football players at are school are not a group of people anybody should be admiring, or looking up to. Fact of the matter is that there is no reason for you to plead not-guilty because you did commit this crime, everyone knows it because; you were at the scene, all stolen items were in your car, also at the scene, and you are the kind of person that would turn to this instead of asking for help.
Cameron Bilbrey November 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
"On top of that the Football players at are school are not a group of people anybody should be admiring, or looking up to. Fact of the matter is that there is no reason for you to plead not-guilty because you did commit this crime, everyone knows it because; you were at the scene, all stolen items were in your car, also at the scene, and you are the kind of person that would turn to this instead of asking for help." Hmm. I'll keep all this in mind while I am serving out my punishment and defending myself in court. Thank you for the advice.
Cameron Bilbrey November 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
P.S. I'm sure you knew me very well in high school to have this kind of attitude towards me. You do not know any more about me than what you've been told, I'm sure.
James December 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
This guy is a true 'street urchin' . Feeds off other people in the community. Will never accept responsibility for his actions. Will blame others, family, friends, drugs and anyone else he can blame to slide responsibility. "I plead not guilty because I don't remember". Explains why he did it again. How would he feel if this happened to one of his family members.? Oh wait, it did!!!
James December 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
On a side note. This kid, having played football with my son, I warned him about Cam. Turns out, I was correct! Hopefully he gets a felony conviction, can never vote, hold a public office and it would be very difficult for him to have any meaningful job due to background checks. People like Cameron are exactly why I have my company perform backgrounds on all my employees. Hopefully he will be waiting tables for a long time to come. Cam, like my burgers and steak 'medium' please. Now go off and get my order.

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