Thieves who broke into homes during funerals plead guilty

News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

EL CAJON, Calif. — Two people who looted homes in El Cajon while the residents were attending the funerals of loved ones pleaded guilty Wednesday to burglary and identity theft charges.

David Andrew Valenzuela, 34, and Jennifer Lynne Martinez, 33, each faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when they are sentenced Dec. 14.

Charges against a third person, Herbert Jon Cruz, were dismissed.

Deputy District Attorney Jalyn Wang said the defendants would read the daily obituaries, target families, then burglarize homes when they knew the residents would be away at a funeral.

The series of burglaries — involving 13 incidents — happened between January and May of this year, the prosecutor said.

Police said families lost more than $100,000 in the burglaries.

Most Popular Stories

Latest News

More News