Couple who used PetSmart boarding information to burglarize homes pleads no contest 

The couple accused of using insider information from working at a San Carlos PetSmart to burglarize people’s homes while they were boarding their pets pleaded no contest to the charges Monday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Ashley Lynn Kirk, 24, and Juan Carlos Ortega-Ramos, 25, who lived together in San Jose, pleaded no contest to 11 counts of residential burglary and one count of attempted residential burglary in connection with numerous burglaries in San Mateo County, where the residents were known to be on vacation because they boarded their pets at the PetSmart where Kirk was an employee.

The two were originally arrested in September 2013 when sheriff’s deputies discovered Ortega-Ramos in possession of a silver Porsche 991S that was stolen from a home that was burglarized. Additional property from that burglary was found in his possession as well.

Authorities broadened their investigation and discovered that the burglary and others like it were tied to Kirk’s job at PetSmart.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges in January and a little over a month later they were charged in three more burglaries in San Mateo. In all, the couple faced more than a dozen burglary and car theft charges, along with gang allegations.

Ortega-Ramos was believed to be a Norteno gang member and Kirk was his associate. Ortega-Ramos pleaded no contest to the gang enhancement allegation.

If the two had been found guilty of the charges, they faced up to 60 years in prison, Wagstaffe said. In return for the no-contest plea, Ortega-Ramos faces no more than 20 years in prison and Kirk no more than 10 years.

The two remain in custody on $500,000 bail and are scheduled to return to court Nov. 6 for sentencing.

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