Eight people are facing lengthy prison terms for their roles in a residential burglary ring that targeted vacationing newspaper subscribers, with sentencing scheduled Nov. 21 for five defendants who entered no contest pleas and Dec. 3 for three men convicted at trial.
Randal Joseph Whitmore, 45, is facing up to 19 years in prison. He was convicted of six counts of residential burglary, four counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of conspiracy to commit residential burglary and conspiracy to receive stolen property.
Duane Vantuinen, 53, was found guilty of seven counts: one count each of conspiracy to commit residential burglary, conspiracy to receive stolen property, receiving stolen property, being a felon with ammunition and possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of being a felon with a firearm. He faces up to nine years behind bars.
Edwin Lynn Valentine, 54, was convicted of one count each of conspiracy to commit residential burglary and conspiracy to receive stolen property. Valentine has two prior strike convictions and is facing 31 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Whitmore, Vantuinen and Valentine are set to be sentenced Dec. 3.
The other five defendants pleaded no contest before the case went to trial.
Joshua Ray Box, 44, is facing up to 40 years in state prison after pleading no contest to all counts, including conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to receive stolen property and multiple counts of residential burglary and receiving stolen property.
Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41, pleaded no contest to one count of residential burglary and multiple counts of receiving stolen property. She is facing up to 10 years in prison.
Cory Mulligan, 23, and Brian Thomas Duran, 43, who each pleaded no contest to one count of residential burglary and three counts of receiving stolen property, and face up to eight years in prison.
Margaret Mary Susan High, 30, pleaded no contest to a residential burglary charge and is facing up to six years behind bars.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba said credit for taking down the burglary ring went to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which led joint investigations involving the Riverside and San Bernardino County sheriff’s departments and police departments in Arcadia, Burbank, Glendora, Monrovia and San Gabriel.
Glendora police began unraveling the burglary ring after a June 2012 traffic stop of one of the defendants’ cars turned up Los Angeles Times vacation hold lists that included subscribers’ addresses and the dates they were out of town.
The ring stole more than $1 million in electronics and other items were taken in nearly 20 residential burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties over a nearly two-year period beginning in December 2011.
The Los Angeles Times made changes in its delivery policies after being made aware of the crimes, a spokeswoman said last year.
— City News Service