ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 16CF0007
Date: September 20, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced yesterday for burglarizing the homes of female college students that he found by using Instagram. Arturo Galvan, 45, Menifee, pleaded guilty on Sept. 19, 2016, to five felony counts of first degree residential burglary, one felony count of attempted first degree residential burglary, and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing an officer. He was sentenced to eight years in state prison and was ordered to pay restitution to the victims.
On multiple occasions between May 22, 2014, and Dec. 3, 2015, Galvan entered the homes of female college students in Orange and Fullerton, which primarily served as sorority houses for Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton. The defendant located the victims’ residences through the GPS locations tied to photographs the victims posted on the social media website Instagram. Galvan entered the victims’ homes during the late afternoon or evening hours and stole various items including women’s underwear, clothing, personal photos, planners, jewelry, laptops, and tablet devices. Continue reading