Teen accused in car break-ins at military community in Tierrasanta sentenced

Joshua Vandertuig received 3 years probation

SAN DIEGO - A teenager who broke into dozens of cars and homes in a military community in Tierrasanta was sentenced on Monday.

Joshua Vandertuig, 19, who was accused of stealing from dozens of homes and cars in a Tierrasanta neighborhood, received three years probation in court and 365 days in custody. He may be released to a residential treatment program when space opens up.

In court on Monday, Vandertuig's attorney told the judge the teen had been hooked on meth and heroin.

In May, neighbors told 10News about a rash of car break-ins in a military community in Tierrasanta. One family was so fed up that they installed cameras and caught Vandertuig in the act.

A judge ordered him to pay $30 in restitution, claiming this was the teen's first "adult crime."

However, Vandertuig's record is far from spotless. In July, a judge pointed to two previous thefts. 10News obtained a copy of his mug shot after he was arrested with his grandfather and brother for stealing metal from a dairy farm.

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