Man gets 24 years in string of burglaries

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsOne of the break-ins occurred in January 2005 in an Acton home, where the homeowner called 911 from under a bed as she heard one of the intruders say, “If anything moves, shoot it,” prosecutors said. The intruders didn’t hear her and drove off with loot including her sport utility vehicle. The defendants faced 68 counts, including residential burglary, auto theft, arson and fraudulently using stolen credit cards. More than half of the charges were gang conspiracy counts. The arson counts refer to the torching of the Acton victim’s SUV in Santa Clarita, a blaze that spread to another vehicle, prosecutors said. Authorities said it was an attempt to destroy evidence. Four other defendants entered pleas to other charges and have already been sentenced to terms ranging from 16 months to four years in prison, prosecutors said. A Palmdale man who with three others pleaded no contest to a string of home break-ins from the San Fernando Valley to the Antelope Valley was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles Superior Court. Ricardo Nuñez, 29, and his co-defendants each pleaded no contest in August to seven counts of residential burglary after prosecutors agreed to dismiss dozens of other counts against them. They admitted to having gang ties and were ordered to pay restitution totaling $100,000. The sentencings for Salvador Perez, 23, and brothers Jorge, 21, and Ramiro Ruvalcaba, 22, were scheduled for Oct.27, court officials said. Nuñez and another man were arrested two days after the Acton burglary, at the end of a 48-mile chase from Lancaster to Sylmar. Authorities said a search of a Lancaster home and a Palmdale storage locker turned up hundreds of pieces of stolen property, including passports, driver’s licenses, checkbooks, leather jackets, watches, mobile phones, portable disc-jockey equipment and computers. Sheriff’s deputies said the property appeared to have been stolen in dozens of home burglaries, car burglaries and robberies to pay for drugs. The chase occurred after a Los Angeles County housing inspector went to a home in Lancaster to check complaints that the occupants were involved in narcotics. The inspector, who was called because the tenant received a federal Section 8 rent subsidy, spotted items that appeared to be stolen, deputies said. As deputies attempted to get a search warrant to enter the home, the suspects drove up in a truck – but sped off after they spotted the deputies, officials said. The burglars tossed methamphetamine, counterfeit money and forged checks out of their truck during the chase, deputies said. karen.maeshiro[email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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