A Tulare County jury on Thursday found a 19-year-old Visalia man guilty of residential burglary while the homeowner was present.
On Aug. 19, 2014, a Visalia man awoke to find someone had broken into his family’s home during the night and stolen several musical instruments. The man and his son reviewed surveillance video and saw burglars entering the home and deactivating the video feed. A separate camera captured Abraham San Miguel climbing out of a vehicle and moving toward the front of the home.
Visalia police who responded to the burglary report saw San Miguel riding past on a bicycle. Based on a tip, police searched the home of a co-defendant, which San Miguel had been seen leaving, and found the victim’s property.
San Miguel initially denied that he was involved but admitted his role when confronted with the surveillance video.
He could be sentenced to six years in prison at his sentencing hearing on Feb. 11.