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Larcenists' loot displayed in Valley Center

Detective Whalen tells of burglary ring with multiple perps

A burglary victim reviews her list of stolen items on November 9
A burglary victim reviews her list of stolen items on November 9

The recovery of one pile of stolen loot led to another and another, according to one San Diego County sheriff’s detective.

“I’ve been trying to find all the victims,” said detective Laura Whalen on November 9. “Right now, I have 28 confirmed victims.” The detective said the recovered property came from residential and vehicle burglaries.

Loot

Whalen said Carlsbad police served a search warrant on a residence in early October and police recovered stolen property connected to a case on which Whalen was working. DNA evidence led investigators to another burglary suspect, who was taken into custody; property recovered from that arrest was connected to other burglaries.

Whalen, an 18-year veteran with the sheriff’s department, said DNA recovered from the next pile of loot eventually led investigators to more suspects, and then more suspects and more piles of stolen goods.

More loot

She declined to name all the suspects and persons taken into custody so far, but did confirm that Gabriela Vergara, 35, arrested in Valley Center in late October, is allegedly connected to the string of burglaries.

It is suspected that this burglary ring reaches into another county, the detective said. Recovered items are connected to crimes in Ramona, Poway, San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook, Vista, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, and Orange County.

Deputies in Valley Center displayed some recovered loot from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 9.

(corrected 11/12 6:20 a.m.)

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A burglary victim reviews her list of stolen items on November 9
A burglary victim reviews her list of stolen items on November 9

The recovery of one pile of stolen loot led to another and another, according to one San Diego County sheriff’s detective.

“I’ve been trying to find all the victims,” said detective Laura Whalen on November 9. “Right now, I have 28 confirmed victims.” The detective said the recovered property came from residential and vehicle burglaries.

Loot

Whalen said Carlsbad police served a search warrant on a residence in early October and police recovered stolen property connected to a case on which Whalen was working. DNA evidence led investigators to another burglary suspect, who was taken into custody; property recovered from that arrest was connected to other burglaries.

Whalen, an 18-year veteran with the sheriff’s department, said DNA recovered from the next pile of loot eventually led investigators to more suspects, and then more suspects and more piles of stolen goods.

More loot

She declined to name all the suspects and persons taken into custody so far, but did confirm that Gabriela Vergara, 35, arrested in Valley Center in late October, is allegedly connected to the string of burglaries.

It is suspected that this burglary ring reaches into another county, the detective said. Recovered items are connected to crimes in Ramona, Poway, San Marcos, Escondido, Fallbrook, Vista, Encinitas, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, and Orange County.

Deputies in Valley Center displayed some recovered loot from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 9.

(corrected 11/12 6:20 a.m.)

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Wonderful that many victims may recover some of their belongings. The usual result of catching a burglar is that little is recovered.

But I quibble with the headline. Burglary is breaking and entering combined with theft. That is what this is about. Larceny is the simple theft of property without the break-in. And robbery is something else, involving taking by force or intimidation. So, these thieves were not committing larceny and definitely were not robbers, based on the account.

Nov. 11, 2013

Burglary is entering a structure with the intent to commit theft or ant felony therein. CPC 459.

Nov. 11, 2013

Theft should be a three strikes crime. Any three crimes of violence, theft, or deprivation of rights should equal life without parole, period, full stop.

Nov. 11, 2013

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