Man gets nine years for thefts

Published 10:35 pm Friday, September 1, 2017

A Suffolk man on Friday was sentenced to nine years to serve for a series of thefts from people’s homes.

Brandon Leigh DiGiovanni, 27, was convicted in a trial in May 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.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Shaia said Friday afternoon that he believed the testimony of one of the witnesses had an impact on the judge’s decision. The witness was with their two young children at the time they caught DiGiovanni breaking into their home.

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The witness testified during Friday’s sentencing hearing that one of their children can’t take a shower without someone else being in the bathroom. The family also upgraded their alarm system, Shaia said.

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 in May after the trial.

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.