Two men and a woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to their parts in a burglary spree that Irvine police say was active throughout California and in Washington states and Oregon and were immediately sentenced to 136 days to two years in jail.
Isaiah Woods, 21, of Sun Valley and Vernon Hill, 20, of Ethrata, Wash., pleaded guilty to four felony counts of second-degree burglary, and Victory Rogers, 25, of Southwestern Burien, Wash., pleaded guilty to a felony count of forgery, according to court records.
Woods and Hill were sentenced to two years in jail and Rogers was sentenced to 136 days behind bars.
A boy, whose name was not released, was also detained, but there was no immediate information about what happened to him.
Three male suspects stole 17 iPads from a Target store at Irvine Spectrum in July, according to Farrah Emami of the Irvine Police Department. One of the suspects distracted a clerk, who unlocked a case full of the computers, before the others grabbed the devices and ran, Emami said.
A female suspect was the driver of the getaway car, Emami said.
Surveillance video footage of the theft and detailed descriptions from witnesses helped police track down the four suspects outside of a Best Buy in Moreno Valley on Wednesday, where a similar caper had occurred, Emami said.
Investigators suspect the four were involved in 20 similar heists throughout the state from Lathrop to San Diego as well as about a dozen in Oregon and Washington, Emami said. The thieves targeted Target, Walmart and Best Buy stores, Emami said.
Irvine police were working with Ventura and Los Angeles police on the investigation.
— City News Service
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