Santa Fe burglary caught on cell video sentenced

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A serial burglar caught on cellphone video breaking into a Santa Fe home has been sentenced to prison.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday that 20-year-old Dariush Esfandi received a 4 ½-year sentence as part of a plea deal.

Esfandi pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted burglary and burglary in exchange for other charges being dropped.

According to court documents, Esfandi was already on probation for home burglary and larceny convictions in January, when a homeowner filmed him trying to break into her house.

Police arrested him a month later while he was allegedly leaving another home with several stolen items.

He will get credit for time already served while awaiting trial.

Following his sentence, he will remain on probation for 6 ½ years.

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