Police arrested two people this week suspected of breaking into vehicles on Nice Lane and the surrounding neighborhood over the past several months, according to a police statement.
Anna Jean Giss, 31, of Mission Viejo, and Justin Davis Markin, 31, of Huntington Beach, were arrested after the Newport Beach Police Department received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of Nice Lane at about 6:30 a.m. Monday morning.
The caller alerted police that the vehicle was seen entering a secured parking garage, NBPD spokeswoman Kathy Lowe wrote in the statement.
Several vehicles have been burglarized in the early morning hours in this area over the last several months, according to the police report.
Officers located the black BMW exiting the parking structure, with Markin driving and Giss as the only passenger.
“Officers interviewed both individuals and determined that they had entered several vehicles inside the parking structure, removing property from two separate vehicles,” Lowe wrote.
Police informed the victims, who were unaware that their vehicles had been broken into.
“Further investigation revealed that both Markin and Giss had committed additional vehicle burglaries in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and were in possession of property taken in those crimes,” Lowe wrote.
Markin was arrested for receiving known stolen property.
Police also found methamphetamine on Giss, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Giss is being held in lieu of $140,000 bail, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department records. The OCSD records had no bail amount listed for Markin, but the Newport Beach police statement listed his bail as $20,000.
Giss’ listed her occupation as a vet tech and Markin was listed as a graphic designer.
Police thanked the public in the statement for their help in catching the suspects.
“The apprehension of these individuals was made possible in large part due to the observations and quick actions of the resident who initially reported the suspicious activity,” Lowe wrote.
The Newport Beach Police Department would like to encourage all residents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhood immediately by calling 949-644-3717.