‘James Bond of burglars’ convicted in string of heists

first_img To read the previous story, click here. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Caveda’s attorney Mark Bledstein said he plans to file an appeal. “There are some issues of mental health which we expect will have some importance to the judge in the sentencing,” Bledstein said. “There were no injuries to anyone. No weapons were used. They were burglaries but fortunately no one was harmed in any.” Police described him as a Spaniard from a well-to-do family. He looted up to $15 million in jewelry, guns and artwork from dozens of Los Angeles homes, eluding detectives on a “one-man crime spree.” Police said the impressive haul – including a Degas painting of two ballerinas valued at $10.5 million and an LAPD officer’s service pistol – could make Caveda L.A.’s most prolific home burglar. Caveda evaded detection in at least 28 burglaries – and possibly as many as 80 – over a 17-month period by using fake IDs, sophisticated tactics and imaginative methods of unloading the loot, prosecutors say. Rather than simply “fencing” the stolen goods, authorities said, he melted down precious metals into ingots, which he then sold to local jewelers. VAN NUYS – A man police dubbed the “James Bond” of home burglaries was found guilty Tuesday in connection with a string of heists stretching from Pasadena, Brentwood and the San Fernando Valley. After deliberating for just about a day, a Van Nuys Superior Court jury found Ignacio Del Rio, 31, who also went by the name Roberto Caveda, guilty of three counts each of first degree burglary and attempted first degree burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of attempting to escape from custody. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 16. “I’m happy,” said Deputy District Attorney Theryn Gibbons. “Some people lost heirooms that are irreplacable. Some victims had en emotional response. Most people were thankful that something had been done and that this guy was caught.”last_img read more