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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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District Man Pleads Guilty to Burglary and Other Charges
In Northwest Washington Break-Ins
-Defendant Caught With Electronics, Other Stolen Property-

     WASHINGTON - Cristobal Argueta-Maya, 36, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to burglary and other charges stemming from a series of break-ins of homes and vehicles that took place in 2011 in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.

     Argueta-Maya pled guilty on Dec. 14, 2012 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, receiving stolen property and possession of an unregistered weapon. The Honorable Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. scheduled sentencing for Feb. 22, 2013. The defendant faces a statutory maximum of 17 ½ years in prison.

     According to the government’s evidence, members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had reason to believe that Argueta-Maya had a firearm at his home, and they spotted the defendant at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2011. He admitted to having the firearm and directed officers to his home in the 3700 block of 16th Street NW. Officers recovered a .22-caliber revolver in a closet of the home.

     At that time, officers also noticed a large amount of stolen electronics, including multiple GPS systems, televisions, and computers. The MPD and the U.S. Attorney’s Office launched an investigation to determine from where and whom these items had been stolen.  The investigation revealed that the items had been stolen during burglaries and thefts from autos, which occurred between July and October 2011. The GPS systems were taken during break-ins of cars in the 5100 block of Manning Place NW, the 4400 block of Cathedral Avenue NW, and the 3600 block of McKinley Street NW. A television and iPod were taken in a burglary in the 2900 block of Foxhall Road NW, and a computer was taken in a burglary in the 2600 block of 30th Street NW.

     In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the MPD officers and detectives who investigated the case. He also praised the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Debra McPherson, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Schall, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalia Medina Burnett of the Fourth District Unit of the Superior Court Felony Major Crimes Section, who is prosecuting the case.





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