Residential burglar sentenced to nearly 20 years in jail

Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-05 20:52:25-04

A man who burglarized several homes in mostly gated La Jolla communities over a three-month period was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 20 years in state prison.

Louis Swanson, 59, pleaded guilty last month to burglary and attempted burglary charges.

During a preliminary hearing in April, witness Richard Gibbs identified Swanson as the man who rang his doorbell on Feb. 28 and asked to speak to a person the resident had never heard of. Gibbs and his wife realized a few days later that they had been robbed that night.

Swanson admitted committing burglaries in three gated communities and another housing development in La Jolla between Nov. 26 and March 9.

One person came home to find Swanson rifling through his late wife's jewelry, Deputy District Attorney Jim Koerber said.