Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Gustavo Castillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A 76-year-old Chatsworth man was sentenced Wednesdayto nearly 17 years in prison following his no contest plea to residential burglary and attempted residential robbery charges stemming from crimes in Hidden Hills.

Ronald Snyder pleaded no contest Aug. 6 to one count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, first-degree residential burglary, grand theft of personal property, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force or threat, possession of a silencer and possession of a firearm with identification numbers removed, along with two counts of attempted first-degree residential robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In one instance, Snyder put on a uniform and a wig, claimed to be a sheriff’s deputy and threatened a woman with a gun, according to Deputy District Attorney Adan Montalban.

The woman’s son called 911, and Snyder was arrested after trying to push the woman inside the house, authorities said soon after his July 14, 2013, arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies discovered false law enforcement identification, handcuffs, a wig, gloves, rope and two handguns, including one with a silencer, during a search of Snyder’s car, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators believed that he was able to gain access to the gated community because he had previously owned a home there, according to the sheriff’s department.

City News Service

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