SAN DIEGO -- A former San Diego police officer and his wife who caused more than $200,000 worth of damages to their home in French Valley after San Diego Metropolitan CU foreclosed on it were sentenced this afternoon to 270 days in jail and five years' probation.
Robert Acosta, 40, and his wife, Monique Acosta, 36, were convicted in May on one felony count each of stealing fixtures valued at greater than $65,000 when they moved out of their foreclosed home in 2010.
The judge also ordered them to pay restitution, which was set at $144,000 by the probation department. It is unclear, however, when the Acostas might be able to begin repaying that amount because they are bankrupt, the judge acknowledged.
Because the couple has a five-year-old daughter, Judge Mark Mandio said they could stagger their jail terms so that both parents would not be incarcerated at once. Robert Acosta was ordered to surrender July 27 to begin serving his time and Monique Acosta Dec. 27.
The day after the Acostas moved out of their home in 2010, authorities discovered the property had sustained more than $100,000 in damage, including missing doors, light fixtures, air-conditioning units, cabinets and granite countertops. There was dye poured on carpets, graffiti spray-painted on the walls, decorative rock smashed off the exterior of the house and wiring pulled out and cut, court records said.
Monique Acosta was photographed from a neighbor's home cutting down cypress trees in the backyard and Robert Acosta carrying away cabinet doors from the gutted kitchen. Investigators recovered many of the missing fixtures from a storage unit the Acostas rented in San Diego County.
A prosecutor summed up the case at the trial, saying “They took everything but the kitchen sink, which was left in the backyard.”