Eduardo Santoyo Orozco stole electronic devices from numerous victims
(Woodland, CA) – August 18, 2014- District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on August 15, 2014, a Yolo County jury convicted 19-year old Eduardo Santoyo Orozco, of Arbuckle, of five felonies arising from a theft spree. Orozco robbed persons selling items on Craigslist, a popular internet classified site.
During the trial, witnesses testified that in May of 2013 prospective sellers of small electronics like iPhones and tablets would agree to meet Orozco at locations in Woodland. At those meeting places, men, including Orozco, would steal the items, sometimes using force. Orozco and his accomplices were members of the Norteno criminal street gang and were acting in association with that gang when they committed the crimes.
The jury took just over three hours to convict Orozco of assault, two counts of robbery, one count of grand theft and allegations of criminal street gang activity. The case was presided over by the Honorable Stephen L. Mock and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ryan J. Couzens.
“Websites like Craigslist and Ebay have improved how we conduct personal business,” commented District Attorney Reisig. “However, buyers and sellers should always be cautious about how these sales are conducted to avoid theft or being the victims of violent crimes.” Couzens thanked the victims who came forward and the work of the Woodland Police Department in investigating this series of crimes.
Judge Mock is scheduled to sentence Orozco on September 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3 of the Yolo County Superior Court. Orozco is facing a sentence ranging from probation with a year in county jail to 28 years and eight months in state prison.