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Brothers accused of stealing kitchen appliances from vacant homes

November 28, 2011 | 11:59 am

Twin brothers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing expensive stainless-steel kitchen appliances from vacant homes and then selling them on Craigslist, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

Julio and Juan Villaneuva, 37, were arrested in Moreno Valley in Riverside County after undercover detectives answered a Craigslist advertisement for kitchen appliances that had been reported stolen from two homes in Fallbrook.

Among the appliances were Viking and Thermador ovens, trash compactors, microwave ovens and dishwashers. The value of the appliances was set at more than $34,000.

A search of the garage at the Moreno Valley home found 26 more brand-name appliances and a computer listing of for-sale homes in Escondido, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, Temecula and southern Riverside County, the Sheriff's Department said.

Detectives believe the scheme involved scanning for-sale notices that mentioned kitchen appliances and then burglarizing the homes.

Including the Fallbrook loot, the appliances found in the garage are valued at more than $100,000. Also found in the garage was a football autographed by NFL great Dan Marino.

The brothers are being held at the county jail in Vista on charges of theft and conspiracy. Julio Villaneuva was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

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