Tagging incident in Garden Grove yields arrest of 6 on suspicion of string of burglaries


A call of reported taggers Saturday afternoon in Garden Grove turned into a felony car stop in which six people, including one juvenile, were arrested on suspicion of a string of burglaries in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, the GGPD said in a news release Sunday.

At 3:50 p.m. Feb. 6, police responded to a tagging incident at a Staples at 13031 Harbor Blvd., according to the news release. Officers saw a car that matched the description they were given.

The suspects in the car drove away and forced a stop in a driveway at 13241 Road Rd., the news release said.

One person bolted out of the car and started screaming at officers, and two remained “verbally confrontational,” the news release said. All six suspects, whose identities were not revealed by police, were arrested without incident.

During a search of the car, police recovered an Airsoft pistol with the tip removed that police believed was used in at least one of the five robberies.

In that incident, a suspect simulated having a weapon as several suspects approached a victim who was attempting to take cell phone photos of the suspects. That incident is believed to be gang related, the news release said.

Police also found in the car a bicycle possibly taken during one of the reported robberies in Garden Grove just before the tagging incident.

The bicycle was stolen at the 22 Freeway underpass at Harbor Boulevard, police said. That incident also is believed to have been gang related, the news release said.

All six suspects were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and felony vandalism. They were booked into Orange County Jail and Juvenile Hall.

If anyone was a victim of an unreported robbery in Garden Grove, contact the Police Department at 714-741-5704.