Accused Underwear Thief Arrested After Using Social Media to Find and Break Into 6 Homes

Learn how to disable GPS data in photos taken on mobile devices below.

A man was arrested after he was accused of "peeping" and breaking into at least six homes to steal underwear and bras along with other items, Fullerton police said Tuesday. 

Arturo Galvan, 44, of Menifee, allegedly targeted victims on social media before using GPS data to find their homes. 

He was out on bail since Saturday. 

Police arrested Galvan on Dec. 3 after searching for him for three hours in a Fullerton neighborhood. 

Investigators believe he was involved in at least six burglaries in the northeast area of Fullerton since October. 

Galvan was arrested on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, peeping, prowling and resisting arrest. 

He was held on $200,000 bond at Orange County Jail before posting bond on Saturday. 


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Some of the items taken were computers, tablets, iPads, purses, glasses, wallets, bras and women's underwear.

Fullerton police were reaching out to other cities to find possible additional victims. 

Police said it's likely Galvan found pictures of women online, looked up the GPS coordinates embedded in the photos, and then drove to their homes. 

Anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to this crime or has information was encouraged to call the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-5336. 

How to disable GPS information in photos on an iPhone:

  • Go to settings.
  • Select Privacy.
  • Select location services.
  • Toggle off Camera and all other apps you wish. 

For most Android devices:

  • Open the camera app.
  • Select Settings. 
  • Scroll to find "Geo tags" (or a similar option).
  • Disable it.
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