Victim reacts to burglar's sentence

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Crime > Nguyen begins process of returning stolen goods

By Tris DeRoma

Convicted burglar Aaron Nguyen was still giving items back that he stole from his neighbors the week of his sentencing, which was Tuesday in Los Alamos First Judicial District Court.

The latest item Nguyen returned was an iPad, which he stole from the Pfaff household about a year ago — while mother Leslie Pfaff, her two teenaged daughters and their friends were upstairs. From Pfaff, Nguyen purloined three laptops and their friend’s iPad. He also took some exercise weights.

“I’ve been turning the house upside down looking for my daughter’s wrist and ankle weights,” Pfaff said. “(Nguyen’s) father returned them with the iPad, the power cord and its cover on Monday. I was like ‘whoa this is where they are.’ That’s a pretty random thing to take from someone’s home.”

Apparently, Nguyen showed up with his father, Pfaff said.

“It wasn’t awkward at all, and his dad was very apologetic,” she said.

Tuesday, Nguyen was sentenced to five years’ supervised probation, the first year being monitored by a GPS tracking device, counseling and paying restitution to his victims.

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