Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :Shops at the Cliffs Burglary Suspect Arrested
Contact :Sgt. Jim Cota, Public Information Officer    949-464-6671


 On July 26, 2017, five Laguna Beach jewelry businesses at the Shops at the Cliffs shopping center were burglarized, and over $200,000.00 in merchandise was stolen.  Detectives from the Laguna Beach Police Department began investigating the burglaries, believing early on that they were related to a series of burglaries occurring in South Orange County.  During their investigation, detectives identified one of the suspects, 30-year-old Edward Torrison, a resident of Oceanside. 

On September 26, 2017, Detectives from the Laguna Beach Police Department went to Oceanside and located Torrison was at a home where he resides with his girlfriend.  As Torrison was leaving the residence, detectives attempted to detain him, and he fled on foot.  After a short foot pursuit, Torrison was placed under arr

Detectives served a search warrant on Torrison’s residence and located an estimated $500,000.00 in stolen jewelry as well as two loaded firearms.  Torrison was transported to Laguna Beach, and he was subsequently booked into Orange County Jail.  Torrison is facing multiple theft and burglary related charges, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“This arrest was the culmination of an excellent police work coupled with a steadfast determination by our investigations unit to apprehend the offenders. It serves as a reminder that when individuals commit a crime in Laguna Beach, we will leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice.”-Captain Jeff Calvert.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Laguna Beach Police Department is working with law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties to identify additional victims.  The second suspect is still outstanding and is encouraged to turn himself into the Laguna Beach Police Department. 

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701.  For further information, please contact Sergeant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or