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Burglar who answered victim’s cell phone call gets prison term

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2011

A D.C. man was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison after he was nabbed for a burglary when he answered a call from his victim on the victim's stolen phone, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said.

Crucito Serrano, 20, pleaded guilty in March to a charge of second-degree burglary.

Authorities say that on Sept. 25 at about 8:45 p.m., Serrano entered a home in the 2800 block of Fifth Street NE through an unlocked front door. He and another person stole several items, including the homeowner's cellphone.

The homeowner, who was upstairs, heard the intruders but did not confront them. He reported the burglary to the police.

Once the homeowner realized his cell phone was stolen, he called it and Serrano answered. The homeowner had met Serrano in the neighborhood and recognized his voice.

When confronted by detectives about the burglary, Serrano admitted to the crime and returned the stolen phone.

No one else has been charged in the case. In addition to his prison term stemming from the burglary, Serrano also faces revocation of his probation and a possible prison term in Maryland for a 2009 burglary conviction.

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