8:20 PM PST, February 26, 2013
Irvine police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of burglarizing homes in Newport Beach and south Irvine, authorities said.
Brent Brodie, 18, of Irvine, was arrested after police discovered him sleeping in a stolen vehicle, according to a Irvine Police Department news release.
Brodie is suspected of five home burglaries and two vehicle thefts over the past four weeks, police said.
Police said Brodie checked homes to see if someone was there before entering through unlocked ground-floor windows.
In the cases of the vehicle thefts, Brodie had keys, police said.
Police recovered laptops, designer handbags, jewelry and one gold watch believed to be worth tens of thousands of dollars, according to the release.
Police are working to return the stolen items to their owners.
Anyone with information is asked to call Irvine police at (949) 724-7200.
— Lauren Williams