Laguna Beach Man Is Brazen Cat Burglar, Say Police

Cameron Bilbrey was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sneaking into four Laguna Niguel homes and stealing valuables while the occupants slept.

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies believe a Laguna Beach teen is the cat burglar who snuck into four Laguna Niguel homes early Thursday morning and stole jewelry, purses and electronics while the occupants slept.

According to deputies, 18-year-old Laguna Beach resident Cameron Bilbrey snuck into the homes through unlocked doors and windows over the course of an hour starting just before 4 a.m., said department spokesman Jim Amormino. The first victim, who lives on the 21200 block of Rue De Gauguin, called to report the crime at 4:05 a.m., said Amornino. As investigators responded to that first call, three more burglary reports came in from Rue De Gauguin and the nearby Camery Heights neighborhood, he added.

“In all four burglaries, the people were home,” said Amormino. “They heard the noise, but they thought it was the wind.”

Shortly after the calls came in, deputies saw Bilbrey walking down the street near the burglaries.

“Deputies saw the suspect walking down the street with no shoes on, which is typical for burglars because they don’t want to make noise or leave prints,” said Amormino.

When deputies stopped him, they found one of the victims’ identification cards in his pocket, and his Ford Escort was parked nearby chock-full of purses, cash, credit cards, prescription drugs, electronic equipment, cameras and gift cards, said Amormino.

Police are encouraging residents to be vigilant about locking the windows, doors and cars.

“In all the cases, the burglar used unlocked entries,” said Amormino. “This is a nice area, and sometimes people become complacent.”

Investigators believe Bilbrey burglarized the four homes and attempted to break into two others. Investigators also think there could be more victims. Anyone who believes they were targeted should call investigators at 714-628-7170.

Laguna Resident October 19, 2012 at 07:12 AM
nothing worse than a thief! especially a cat burglar. just checked out his facebook page & im pretty sure he is blatantly showing off some of his jewelry thefts as his cover photo. he posted it sept.10/12 so if im correct, than he has been getting away w/ this for sometime. i uploaded the pic here, so if these are stolen items, maybe someone will recognize their property. the creep is probably still in jail & hasnt had time to delete it.
gilbert October 19, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Good show!
laguna resident October 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The creep? that creep was a starting member of the Laguna beach high varsity football team and helped lead the team to one of their best seasons ever. judging a man by one manifestation of his character is like judging the ocean based on a scoop of water
LagunaVahine October 19, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Just because someone was a "star" athlete we shouldn't judge?! Is it ok to call him a creep if he was a junkie? This is the reason pro-athletes, celebrities etc... Think they are above the law. If this guy burglarized your or a loved ones' home, you'd call him a creep too! HE'S A CREEP!
Laguna Resident October 20, 2012 at 01:04 AM
well, lower level, i mean lower case 'laguna resident' the fact that you are defending this scumbag shows what kind of character you have. wait till some thief breaks into your house or your parents house WHILE THEY ARE SLEEPING & steals everything they have worked hard for so the lazy ass can support his drug habit. thats not CREEPY??? think about what you said...did you not read the article? hes a creep on all levels...LITERALLY. being on varsity football in high school doesnt mean anything. what it does mean is that he is even more pathetic that he had a great shot in life, was talented, live in LB, came from a good family & threw it all away. he chose this loser path when he had more going for him that most kids in this country. maybe if it was some other offense, id probably feel for him a bit...but a home invasion thief? sorry, not a chance.
Claudia October 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
My guess would be that he is using meth. This is the type of behavior a meth-addict might succomb to.
Laguna Watcher October 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Everybody needs to calm down here. Who knows...maybe he has an overbearing, controlling parent who pushes him to be perfect and this is his way of screaming for help. It could be any number of things. How can any of us really know what has driven him to do this or why? Cat burgling and stealing doesn't make him a creep, it makes him a thrill-seeking criminal with an obvious case of low self worth. The fact that this behavior is coming from a star high school baller in such an affluent community should the real thing sending a chill up your spine. Either way, hopefully he will pay the price and learn from this and the rest of us will remember why we should be locking our doors and spending more time with our kids. Peace.
LagunaVahine October 21, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Are we talking about a grown man or a 5 year old?!
Cameron Bilbrey October 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM
It's truly saddening to see how many people are willing to throw stones when they see stories like this surface. After this incident ocurred I was dropped off at Orange County Jail to wait for my arraignment beside multiple '25 to lifers'. Scary guys; guys with tattoo's of Swatsika's and pro-nazi sentiments, etc... I have since legally bailed out after spending 4.5 days in a 50 man dorm room with these types. " This type of behavior is typical in a meth addict"; RE: I was experiencing a blackout brought on by an often-lethal combination of prescription medication and minimal amount of alcohol during the time this time. My question is; why did the author of this article attach a photo link of my Facebook background? Don't think that's more or less borderline yellow journalism? I'm a human being, not a football star, creep, five year old, or any of these horrifyingly base labels. The truth is I received little if any commendation for my efforts on the football field; I certainly never received any special treatment in school or out of it. I will be pleading not guilty on Nov. 19, 2012, just two days before my nineteenth birthday.
Cameron Bilbrey October 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM
1 Marc Ecko watch, "fresh to depths of 50 meters" inscribed upon the face, 1 Helzberg Diamond Collection bracelet, ring, and necklace, all stainless steel & copper plated (not too expensive about $400 total), and last but not least, my father's Wittnauer Sapphire Crystal Watch (about $250), my graduation present. These are the items in my facebook cover photo. Thank's
LagunaVahine November 05, 2012 at 03:07 PM
You're going to jail now...I hope you will learn something & become a productive member of society.
Laguna Student November 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
How do you plan on pleading not guilty? They have evidence that you stole these items from their house because you left them in your car and they found them in your car. So, how are you going to defend your not-guilt plea, are you going to say "My bad guys, I was high/blacking out on a series of prescription medication(That were probably not prescribed to you) and alcohol. I won't do it again." Like that will hold up in court. Plus, I don't even know why anyone is mentioning the fact that he played football. How does that make what he did better? It doesn't. On top of that the Football players at are school are not a group of people anybody should be admiring, or looking up to. Fact of the matter is that there is no reason for you to plead not-guilty because you did commit this crime, everyone knows it because; you were at the scene, all stolen items were in your car, also at the scene, and you are the kind of person that would turn to this instead of asking for help.
Cameron Bilbrey November 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
"On top of that the Football players at are school are not a group of people anybody should be admiring, or looking up to. Fact of the matter is that there is no reason for you to plead not-guilty because you did commit this crime, everyone knows it because; you were at the scene, all stolen items were in your car, also at the scene, and you are the kind of person that would turn to this instead of asking for help." Hmm. I'll keep all this in mind while I am serving out my punishment and defending myself in court. Thank you for the advice.
Cameron Bilbrey November 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
P.S. I'm sure you knew me very well in high school to have this kind of attitude towards me. You do not know any more about me than what you've been told, I'm sure.
James December 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
This guy is a true 'street urchin' . Feeds off other people in the community. Will never accept responsibility for his actions. Will blame others, family, friends, drugs and anyone else he can blame to slide responsibility. "I plead not guilty because I don't remember". Explains why he did it again. How would he feel if this happened to one of his family members.? Oh wait, it did!!!
James December 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
On a side note. This kid, having played football with my son, I warned him about Cam. Turns out, I was correct! Hopefully he gets a felony conviction, can never vote, hold a public office and it would be very difficult for him to have any meaningful job due to background checks. People like Cameron are exactly why I have my company perform backgrounds on all my employees. Hopefully he will be waiting tables for a long time to come. Cam, like my burgers and steak 'medium' please. Now go off and get my order.


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