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Man Used Instagram To Follow Students And Steal Their Underwear, Police Say
A man allegedly burglarized the homes of 33 female students with the help of social media, stealing their underwear and electronics. Arturo Galvan, 44, is charged with 33 felony counts of burglary, one felony count of attempted burglary, resisting arrest and vandalism, the L.A. Times reports. He is accused of using Instagram to target various victims, a majority of whom were female sorority members at Chapman University in Orange and Cal State Fullerton.
Galvan would allegedly hang out in public places until he spotted a woman he was interested in targeting. Then, he would check social media to see if she had checked in on Instagram, or posted a photo that had geotagged that particular location. If Galvan could find her there, he would allegedly go back through her photos and see if she had ever posted a photo from her home that also had its location data embedded. If successful, prosecutors say he would go to the woman's home and break in, then steal her electronics, jewelry, underwear and other personal belonging.
Police believe did this to a total of 33 students, starting in May of 2014 and ending in December of 2015 when he was arrested after police responded to reports of a man looking in the windows of a home in the area. Though Galvan wasn't there when police arrived, they did find a suspicious car. They staked the car out until Galvan returned for it, according to Valley News.
Police say they found much of the stolen property in Galvan's garage.
Fullerton Police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel said that though Galvan was a married father of three, he targeted the women because he wanted to know more about them, which he did via stealing their things, according to the OC Register.