Lady Looters Get Prison Time for Sayre Fire Caper

Two female burglars who were caught red-handed looting a suburban Porter Ranch home during the Sayre Fire were sentenced to prison on March 5.

Judge Ronald S. Coen sentenced 32-year-old Sabrina Devens to four-years in state prison, and the suspected brains, Gina Rios, 19, to a two-year state prison term.


Lady Looter: Gina Rios

The duo were confronted in the act on November 15, 2008 by home

owner Rafat Salib after he returned home early to check on his house

after being given mandatory fire evacuation orders to leave the area.

The Sayre Fire had started the night before near Veterans Memorial Park

in the Northern San Fernando Valley, burning more than 2,500 acres --

leaping the 210 and 5 freeways to and threaten 1,000 homes and

structures.

Aware of the evacuation orders, the two women drove to posh,

emptied-out Porter Ranch looking for designer baubles and handbags by

Gucci and Chanel, according to the police. They thought Salib's house

was easy pickings. It was. He forgot to lock his back screen door and

turn on his alarm system when he rushed his family out of the house

with 10,000 other residents early that morning.

When the business owner returned home around 1:30 p.m., he saw Rios

standing in his driveway. The police said Rios told Salib she was

"waiting for Jerry McGuire." Salib also saw Devens peeking out of his

second floor bedroom window.


Lady Looter: Sabrina Devens


Obviously suspicious, he peered into the window of the women's

1994 Infinity and spotted two of his wife's $800 purses, on the

backseat, next to his son's Xbox 360, among other expensive goodies.

Salib argued with them until police, who were driving by, got involved

in the sordid mess. After investigating, the police found that the duo

stole the keys to Salib's Mercedes, gold jewelry, credit cards and

purses.

Last month, Rios and Devens pleaded no contest to a single felony count of first-degree residential burglary.


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