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Las Vegas Man Convicted in String of Home Burglaries in Southern California

Vacho Shahen Mugshot
Vacho Shahen Mugshot

In a significant development in a years-long investigation, Vacho Shahen, a 39-year-old man from Las Vegas, has been convicted for his involvement in a series of home burglaries that plagued Southern California in 2016. The Santa Monica Police Department has confirmed the conviction, bringing some closure to a case that had residents on edge for years.

Shahen's criminal activities spanned several affluent neighborhoods, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Downey. These burglaries occurred within a short, intense two-week period, causing considerable distress and concern among the affected communities. The turning point in the investigation came when DNA evidence, meticulously gathered and analyzed over the years, linked Shahen to the crime scenes.

One particularly harrowing incident took place in Santa Monica, where a homeowner was shot during a failed robbery attempt. Miraculously, the homeowner survived the ordeal. This incident underscored the dangerous and unpredictable nature of Shahen's criminal behavior, heightening the urgency for law enforcement to bring him to justice.

After evading capture for two years, Shahen was apprehended in Philadelphia in 2018. His arrest marked the beginning of the legal process that culminated in his conviction. Last week, he stood before a jury and was found guilty on 16 of 17 felony charges. His sentencing is scheduled for June 24, where he will face the consequences of his actions.

This case highlights the importance of vigilance and proactive measures in home security. Although the incidents occurred several years ago, the Santa Monica Police Department is urging residents to remain vigilant and consider taking advantage of free home security assessments offered by their Community Affairs Unit. These assessments can help identify potential vulnerabilities in homes, providing valuable insights into how residents can protect themselves from similar threats.

For those interested in enhancing their home security, the Santa Monica Police Department encourages scheduling an assessment by calling the Community Affairs Unit at 310-458-8474. Taking these preventive steps can help ensure that communities remain safe and secure.

As Shahen awaits his sentencing, the conviction serves as a reminder of the tireless efforts of law enforcement agencies to solve complex cases and bring criminals to justice, reinforcing the importance of community cooperation and advanced forensic techniques in solving crimes.

Source: Fox LA


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