RIVERSIDE – A pair of burglars who stole guns, jewelry, musical instruments and other goods during a string of break-ins throughout Riverside were sentenced today.
Bryant James Gentry of Riverside and Devaughn Rayshawn More of Hemet, both 20 years old, were arrested last month after they were caught prowling a neighborhood, looking for a house to break into, authorities said.
Gentry pleaded guilty on Jan. 10 to five counts of burglary, four counts of receiving stolen property and one count of being in possession of a loaded stolen firearm. More pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary and receiving stolen property.
The defendants made their plea directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, without negotiation between the defense and prosecution.
Dugan sentenced Gentry to four years in state prison and imposed a yearlong jail term, along with three years probation, on More.
The judge took the men’s ages and lack of prior criminal history into consideration.
According to police, the defendants were arrested on the night of Dec. 14 outside a house in the 6000 block of Del Ray Court. A concerned resident called 911 after More was spotted snooping around a home whose occupants were out, Detective Ron Knoffloch said.
Patrol units arrived moments later, and officers detained More on the street. Gentry was found trying to hide in a van parked nearby.
”He had a loaded .38 caliber handgun within reach,” Deputy District Attorney Frank Donzanti said.
”There was also a 12-gauge shotgun tucked into a golf club bag in the van.”
Investigators interviewed the pair, both of whom confessed to five break- ins in the first half of the month, including one earlier that evening in the 4400 block of Beverly Court, according to Donzanti and Knoffloch.
”They took guns, jewelry, a television set, a guitar, even a vacuum cleaner,” the prosecutor said. ”They were casing places at night. They’d knock on doors, walk around the property, peek inside to make sure no one was home before they forced their way into a place.”
Investigators said most of the stolen property was later recovered at Gentry’s residence on Palm Avenue.