SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa man has been sentenced to six years in prison for first-degree burglary and felony looting during the wildfire state of emergency in October.
Douglas James Rosado, 50, pleaded no contest in March to the charges and was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court.READ MORE: Rising Sea Level Threatens Stinson Beach Neighborhoods
Witnesses confronted Rosado at the evacuated Hope Village group home run by California Human Development around 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, Sonoma County prosecutors said.
Witnesses saw Rosado trying to load a dryer from a Hope Village residence on Spears Road in Rincon Valley into his truck, and saw a shop vacuum in the bed of Rosado’s truck.READ MORE: Kaiser Employees Win $11.5 Million Class-Action, Race-Discrimination Lawsuit
Rosado told the witnesses his wife was a former employee of the facility and asked him to check on the Hope Village residence because of the fire. He opened the doors of the truck so the witnesses could look inside but he drove away before they were able to do so.
During a probation search at Rosado’s home and storage unit, the shop vacuum seen by the witnesses and two televisions from Hope Village were
recovered, prosecutors said.
“The crime was one of opportunity carried out against a nonprofit agency forced to evacuate the building. The sentence is appropriate for the crimes committed,” District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.