December 3, 2023
The Corridor of Justice in downtown San Diego. File photograph

The ringleader of a residential housebreaking crew that San Diego prosecutors say focused 43 properties and took greater than $1 million in money and jewellery was sentenced Monday to 56 years in state jail.

George Boozer, 48, led a crew that included eight different defendants who burglarized properties over an 18-month interval, in keeping with the San Diego County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

Boozer pleaded responsible earlier this 12 months to 72 counts that included residential housebreaking and conspiracy to commit a criminal offense.

Three different defendants have additionally pleaded responsible and await sentencing, whereas the remaining defendants should go to trial.

The District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned the crew dedicated burglaries in different California counties and “utilized subtle measures to hide their look and autos used to commit the offenses.”

One in every of Boozer’s co-defendants, Lauren Patrick, helped case prosperous neighborhoods for properties the crew focused, whereas one other co-defendant, Devon Taylor, took half in stealing property from properties and pepper sprayed some owners’ canines throughout the crimes, prosecutors mentioned. Each Patrick and Taylor are slated for sentencing subsequent week.

San Diego County District Legal professional Summer time Stephan mentioned in a press release, “These criminals not solely stole money and valuables from the victims, however additionally they stole their peace of thoughts, their security and their safety.”

Up to date at 5:32 p.m. Oct. 2, 2023

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.