A man dubbed the “funeral burglar” pleaded no contest to burglarizing two Los Angeles County homes while the victims attended their loved ones’ funerals, according to the DA’s office.
The defendant, 45-year-old Brett Rogers, was sentenced to four years in state prison for two counts of first-degree residential burglary, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
The two homes, burglarized just four days apart in March, were in Los Angeles and Sherman Oaks. Both victims were at funerals for their respective parents when they were targeted, an LAPD detective said at a news conference in May, adding that it was the first time the department saw multiple victims hit while they were at funerals.
The prosecutor said Rogers also burglarized another home in Glendale last year in April when the resident was at her husband’s funeral.
In late March, the LAPD had released a doorbell video showing the burglar, which led to sources contacting police to identify Rogers as a possible suspect.
The defendant was later arrested by the Anaheim Police Department on May 10 and transferred to Los Angeles Police Department custody.
Rogers was ordered to pay restitution for all three burglaries as part of a negotiated settlement.
Detectives on the case earlier indicated that it is easy to find information online about potential victims and their relatives’ funerals. Two of the funerals linked to burglaries were posted in the Los Angeles Times, and the victims were listed as survivors, the detective said.