SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego police officer and his wife allegedly looted and then trashed their foreclosed home in Riverside County out of spite, and face felony charges today.
Robert Conrad Acosta, 39, and his wife Evette Acosta, 35, were charged with vandalizing and burglarizing their former residence, a six-bedroom tract home on Via Laguna east of Murrieta, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
The damage includes stones smashed off the facade, dye poured on the carpet, a missing air conditioner and other appliances, destroyed and stolen fixtures, wiring torn out of the walls, uprooted trees thrown in the swimming pool, a missing garage door, a torn up flagstone patio, walkway and hallway, and spray paint on the walls, the newspaper reported.
Many of the house fixtures, such as air conditioners, were recovered from storage lockers rented by the couple in San Diego, according to the Press-Telegram.
The officer and his wife were arguing with a credit union over an imminent foreclosure.
The couple faces up to four years in prison if convicted, the district attorney's spokesperson John Hall told a reporter. As of Friday, the couple had not been arrested.
Robert Acosta is on paid administrative leave due to "personnel issues," said Gary Hassen, spokesperson for the San Diego police department.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
Vacationing homeowners were hit by thieves in Mira Mesa, but thanks to a smartphone app, the crooks did not get away with it.
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.