The Fountain Valley Police Department is investigating a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries in residential neighborhoods.
On Feb. 23, police responded to five attempted burglaries in the 10700 block of El Picador Circle and El Gorra Circle in Fountain Valley. Police said the attempts were made between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.
In most of the incidents, the suspect or suspects went into the backyards and attempted to enter the homes from a screened window or patio door. The suspects did not make it inside at these locations, according to a news release from police.
However, a suspect did gain entry into a home between 11 p.m. Feb. 23 and 4:30 a.m. Feb. 24 in the 17800 block of Ash Street, according to the news release.
The suspect came through an unlocked side garage door and stole a wallet and cell phone as well as a vehicle that was parked in the driveway, according to police. The vehicle has since been recovered.
Police said the residents were at home sleeping during each of these incidents.
There was also another attempted burglary on the same block on Ash Street. That incident was similarly to the attempts on El Picador and El Gorra.
During one of the crimes, a witness reported seeing a 20- to 25-year-old man climb out of their backyard and over a block wall, police said. The man reportedly entered a gray, two-door, early '90s passenger vehicle that was occupied by two other people.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the incidents call the department at (714) 593-4485.
Residents are urged to contact the police department immediately when they see suspicious activity and to make sure windows and doors are securely locked during the evening hours and when away from the residence. For more information on security tips, visit http://www.fvpd.org.