Two plead guilty to stealing iPads, laptop computers, from nine schools

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two Riverside County men pleaded guilty to
burglary
charges stemming from the thefts of iPads and other electronic devices from
nine San Diego County schools.

Trevor J. Williams, 21, and Eyon Zimmerman, 19, changed their
pleas as
trial was to begin.

Williams will be sentenced to seven years in prison on Aug. 16.
Zimmerman will be sentenced to five years behind bars on the same day.

A third defendant, 21-year-old Thomas Earl Burleson, is set for
trial on
Wednesday.

Williams and Burleson are documented gang members and Zimmerman is a
known associate, according to Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh.

Today in court, Williams and Zimmerman admitted the crimes were
committed for the benefit of their street gang, McHugh said.

The three were charged with breaking into classrooms at schools
in Del
Mar Heights, Cardiff, Lakeside and other communities, stealing iPads,
laptop
computers and other electronics. Authorities said the thefts began last
Nov.
18.

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

The defendants were arrested Jan. 30 at a 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

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