Heat wave burglars sentenced

Two men who broke into homes in La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Sabre Springs along with two juveniles during a heat wave last year, pleaded guilty today to 19 burglary and robbery charges.

Antonio Kresic, 22, and Keith Lashaun Thomas, 20, will be sentenced Sept. 20.

Each faces up to 29 years and eight months in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Koerber said the defendants removed and cut screens to break into residences during a hot spell last year. Some residents left their windows open and the defendants were able to get in that way, the prosecutor said.

The crime spree began Sept. 21 and ended Oct. 7. Some of the stolen property — including credit cards, computer thumb drives and gaming systems — was recovered and returned to the owners, police said.

The two teens are being prosecuted in juvenile court.

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