Police: Burglar stole underwear from homes of college-aged women

Arturo Galvan, 44, is accused of using social media to track his burglary victims (Fullerton Police Dept.)

FULLERTON, Cali. (WCMH) — Police say a man used social media to track college-aged women so he could steal personal items from their homes, including their bras and panties.

Arturo Galvan, 44, was arrested after a three-hour search late last week, Fullerton police said.

Galvan, who is a maintenance worker and a married father of three preteen girls, is accused of burglarizing at least six homes since October.

Officers say Galvan would choose his victims on social media. He then obtained the GPS coordinates embedded in photos posted to sites like Instagram and Facebook to find out where his victims lived and when they weren’t home.

Police say Galvan would then go to the victims’ homes and burglarize them, taking items like framed photos of women, jewelry, laptops and their undergarments. In some cases, the victims were home at the time of the crime.

Police recovered items belonging to at least 24 victims, and they believe there may be more. Officers believe Galvan also burglarized off-campus apartments near Champan University and Cal State Fullerton.

Galvan now faces burglary, peeping and prowling charges. He’s out on a $200,000 bond.

Meanwhile, police are encouraging everyone to check their settings on all of their social media accounts.

“Make sure to check your social media and app settings often and every time you install an update as the settings tend to revert without notice,” said Fullerton PD Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.


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