A 50-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to a series of jewelry store burglaries in Orange County and was immediately sentenced to two years in jail.
Victor Manuel Barba Herrera pleaded guilty to five counts of second- degree burglary and a count of grand theft, all felonies.
Co-defendant, Isabel Ochoa, 30, pleaded guilty Aug. 29 and was sentenced to 54 days in jail.
They are accused of burglarizing Tustin Village Jewelers, Diamonds Direct in Laguna Hills, Nick’s Jewelry and Watch Craft in Fullerton and Mimi’s Jewelry and Ballard and Ballard Jewelry in Fountain Valley.
The burglars got into the businesses through the roof and cut open safes to steal expensive jewelry, according to Fountain Valley police Sgt. Tony Luce, who declined to release the approximate value of the gems.
The burglaries were committed on April 19 and June 28, 2014, and Oct. 10 and Nov. 1, 2015.
— City News Service