Additional burglary and robbery charges have been filed against a suspect accused of posing as a realtor to steal from open houses in the West Los Angeles and Lost Hills areas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt said the defendant, Tony Chung, 39, now faces seven counts of first-degree burglary with a person present, three counts of first-degree residential burglary, and one count of first-degree residential robbery.
Chung is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 3. Between July and October, Chung allegedly stole expensive jewelry from multiple open houses while pretending to be a realtor, the prosecutor said. In one instance, a licensed realtor chased and confronted Chung after an open house robbery attempt.
If convicted as charged, Chung faces a possible maximum sentence of 47 years in state prison. The defendant remains in custody, with bail set at more than $2 million.
The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
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