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3 Men Busted At Temecula Border Patrol Ordered To Stand Trial

The trio allegedly broke into San Diego school classrooms, stealing iPads, laptop computers and other electronics.

Three Riverside County men accused in the thefts of iPads and other electronic devices from nine San Diego County schools must stand trial on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property, a judge ruled today.

Trevor J. Williams and Thomas Earl Burleson, both 21, and Eyon Zimmerman, 19, is a known associate, according to San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh.

The charges against the defendants include allegations that the crimes -- which began Nov. 18 -- were committed for the benefit of a gang, McHugh said.

After a daylong preliminary hearing, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill ordered Burleson to stand trial on three counts, and Williams and Zimmerman to proceed to trial on seven and nine counts, respectively.

Burleson and Zimmerman face up to 14 years in prison if convicted, while Williams could face up to 13 years behind bars, said Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh.

All three are being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

The trio allegedly broke into classrooms at schools in Del Mar Heights, Cardiff, Lakeside and other communities, stealing iPads, laptop computers and other electronics.

Some of the defendants used their cell phones in the area of the schools the nights of the break-ins, according to court testimony.

The defendants were arrested Jan. 30 at the Temecula-area Border Patrol checkpoint. The iPads stolen from the Del Mar school earlier that morning or the night before were recovered from the defendants' car, along with a laptop computer, bolt cutters and a projector, McHugh said.

Burleson, Williams and Zimmerman will be back in court May 30 for a readiness conference. Trial was set for June 7. --City News Service

Brenda April 19, 2013 at 07:37 AM
So damn glad our Border Patrol got these guys. What City is the gang from? San Diego? Los Angeles, Orange County? They always have to go further out and rob areas that still have things to steal unlike their own neighborhoods where its all been taken already. If found guilty I hope they get alot longer of a sentence then posted. That is what is wrong with these guys today doing crimes, or with our system I guess would be better to say. These guys know they might spend 2 yrs of those sentences and that is it. IF even that. To just get out and do it again.
JJ Mclure April 19, 2013 at 01:20 PM
State prisons have overcrowding....Federal ones don't.
Swamp April 19, 2013 at 08:11 PM
"Federal ones don't"? You must be drinking the KoolAid dude. Open your eyes. Brenda is right on. Just Google, "Federal prison overcrowded?" and you will see hundreds of reports and warnings that this is a serious problem. But maybe now with this crime the police can "target" that gang. The Feds have some great programs to go after these "targeted" gangs.

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