Two convicted in connection to string of Valley burglaries

Gary Eisenmann, 47, was convicted this week of 86 felony counts from two separate indictments ranging from burglary to discharge of a firearm, all in connection to at least 16 home burglaries across the Valley in 2012, according to a press release.

His accomplice, Dana Yrastorza, 54, was convicted of 24 counts ranging from assisting a criminal syndicate to identity theft, the release states.

“This was a tremendous case built through partnerships with law enforcement at a local and federal level,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a prepared statement. “These convictions are proof of the outstanding work done by all.”

During the summer of 2012, the Scottsdale Police Department began investigating several home burglaries where the suspect would enter the home after using a handgun to shoot out exterior windows. Due to the use of a firearm, investigators became concerned about the safety of unsuspecting victims inside the homes.

Investigators identified Mr. Eisenmann, as a suspect in the burglaries. A search warrant on his residence and a warehouse tied to Mr. Eisenmann revealed stolen guns, jewelry and televisions Investigators also identified Ms. Yrastorza as an accomplice, after she was seen on a store surveillance video using credit cards stolen from the victims.

Investigators referred to the suspects as the “Pink Panther Crew” after Mr. Eisenmann proclaimed himself as the “Pink Panther”.

Mr. Eisenmann represented himself through the two-month trial, including filing more than 80 motions.

Sentencing for Mr. Eisenmann and Ms. Yrastorza is set for Jan. 27, 2017. Based on aggravating factors found by the jury, both defendants are eligible for increased penalties.

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