Sentencing delayed in Ahern Rentals burglary today |

Sentencing delayed in Ahern Rentals burglary today

Staff Reports

Sentencing for a California man who admitted burglarizing the Ahern Rentals in Gardnerville almost a year ago was delayed on Monday.

Jose Corona, 29, of Los Angeles, told Judge Michael Gibbons in December that he was paid $100 for his part in the break-in that netted nearly $18,000 in tools and generators.

Corona was found through a DNA match to blood on a piece of broken glass at the scene.

He pleaded guilty to burglary on Dec. 5, 2011.

The burglars gained entry by breaking a glass door at Ahern Rentals. A video showed two suspects getting out of a white minivan at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 2011, in the parking lot. One of the suspects broke out the front door window with a rod.

The pair is shown removing generators and chain saws worth $18,400, and driving away in less than 3 minutes according to court documents.

Deputies found a pair of bolt cutters near where the chain saws had been displayed, and located drops of blood on the floor inside and outside the store.

Shards of glass were collected from the front of the store that were covered with dried blood and a sample was taken from the floor. A search of the national DNA database showed a match between the evidence swab and Corona who was in custody in Los Angeles. He was returned to Douglas County Jail on Oct. 28, 2011, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

The second suspect in the burglary has not been identified. None of the items has been recovered.