Man found guilty of thefts
Published 9:47 pm Tuesday, May 9, 2017
A Suffolk man was found guilty Friday on several felony and misdemeanor counts involving thefts from people’s homes.
Brandon Leigh DiGiovanni, 27, had a trial that lasted most of the day due to a large number of witnesses. He was found guilty of three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny, two counts of larceny with the intent to sell, one count of obtaining money by false pretense, two counts of misdemeanor petit larceny and one count of misdemeanor obtaining money by false pretenses.
However, he was found not guilty of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of tampering with a vehicle and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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One of the witnesses testified in court that they caught DiGiovanni inside their home during a breaking and entering, according to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Shaia. The witness was with their two young children at the time and ordered them to run outside.
DiGiovanni told the person whose home he had broken into that his family was in need, Shaia stated. The witness then followed the children outside and called the police.
Other victims of DiGiovanni’s thefts included a man with cancer from whom DiGiovanni stole medication as well as his wife’s jewelry. Another victim owned a small contracting business and had tools stolen that were needed for the business, Shaia said.
According to Shaia, detectives executed a search warrant at DiGiovanni’s home and found numerous stolen items, including some with the names and address of the victims. Some items were also recovered at a local pawn shop.
DiGiovanni was sent back to the Western Tidewater Regional Jail to await sentencing on Sept. 1.