In French Valley, California, The Press Enterprise reports:
- A judge ruled Friday that there is enough evidence for a former San Diego police officer and his wife to stand trial on felony charges in connection with the trashing of their foreclosed French Valley home.
- Robert Conrad Acosta, 39, and Monique Evette Acosta, 35 -- who has worked as a real estate agent -- are each charged with one count of carrying away or disposing of items from a mortgaged or foreclosed property. They have pleaded not guilty.
- The property suffered more than $100,000 in damage, including missing doors, light fixtures and air-conditioning units, stones smashed off the facade, dye poured on carpets, spray-painted graffiti, wiring pulled out of walls and cut, a gutted kitchen and chopped-down landscaping tossed in the backyard swimming pool, court records show.
- If convicted, the Acostas face up to four years in prison. "There is a public interest in seeing that this conduct is not encouraged," Judge Mark Mandio said at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing Friday at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley.
For more, see Ex-officer, wife to stand trial in foreclosure trashing.