Jonah Valdez 10:30 a.m., March 1
Burglar Scared Off by Gunfire Was Sentenced
The night of August 20 2011, an employee working late saw a burglar trying to break into Pacific Turbine Support and reportedly fired a “warning shot” into the glass front of the shop.
The frightened burglar left a fingerprint behind which eventually led Oceanside police to Brian Collier’s home in Vista, where they found property from other burglaries that had occurred around San Diego’s North County. Brian Collier, 36, had twelve prior felony convictions dating from 2003 and two prior prison sentences, according to a prosecutor.
Last month Collier pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of methamphetamine. In the plea deal two other felonies were dropped.
Last week, on March 16, Judge Kimberlee Lagotta sentenced Collier to 365 days local custody, and ordered the offender to pay restitution to two different North County companies at the rate of $50 per month.