Lady Justice 4 16-9

A 29-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing laptop computers from the student union store at UCLA and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail.

Seyed Ali Pakiz Hesari, who had been enrolled at UCLA earlier this year, also will be on probation for nearly three years following his release from jail.

Hesari entered his plea to one count each of grand theft of personal property and second-degree commercial burglary stemming from the Sept. 28 theft of two laptops from the Ackerman Union computer store.

Four other counts were dismissed in exchange for his plea, including one count each of grand theft and burglary stemming from the theft of 55 laptops from the Charles E. Young Research Library on Nov. 8.

One count of vandalism and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer were also dismissed.

Hesari, who had been studying history at the university as recently as March, was arrested Nov. 11.

Surveillance video and a tip about someone matching his description led police to Hesari. Campus police recovered more than 50 stolen laptops when officers served a search warrant at Hesari’s residence.

City News Service

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