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Cop's Wife Convicted of Trashing House

Monique Acosta, 36, was convicted of vandalizing and stealing from a home she and her husband, a former San Diego Police officer, owned before a bank foreclosed on it.

The wife of a former San Diego Police officer was convicted today of trashing their French Valley home after a bank foreclosed on it.

A jury at the Southwest Justice Center in French Valley found Monique Acosta, 36, wife of Robert Acosta, 40, guilty of felony theft of fixtures, according to court records.

The jury deliberated all day, and will continue tomorrow to deliberate on Robert Acosta's verdict on Monday after an alternate juror takes the place of a primary, who could not return after today, according to John Hall, a spokesperson for the District Attorney.

Monique Acosta faces four years in prison, though a sentencing date will not be set until after the jury decides a verdict for her husband.

The woman and her husband were evicted in 2010 from their home on Via Laguna in French Valley. When the bank got the house, they found the home with tens of thousands of dollars of damage.

Walls were spray painted with various scribbles and drawings, drawers, cabinet doors, countertops, air conditioners and tiles were missing, dye was scrubbed into grout, epoxy was dumped in the pool along with several torn-out trees and many fixtures were missing, according to witnesses who testified during the trial.

Defense argued the damage was done because they had to move out in a hurry and planned to come back to clean, but the bank took possession of the home sooner than they expected.

Josh Knight, the defendants' attorney, argued they took fixtures, but they were taking only things they paid for out of their own pockets and believed they owned.

Prosecutor Marcus Garrett said during closing arguments on Thursday this was the couple's way of "waving goodbye to the bank without putting up four of their fingers."

The couple offered to make a "cash-for-keys" deal with the bank; if they got the money, the bank would get the house in good condition. The bank declined.
Photos shown during the trial showed the couple and some friends stripping rock facing from the home's exterior, removing drawers, taking down a garage door and cutting trees down at their stumps.

Bob May 19, 2012 at 06:39 AM
One down, One to go.
Jena McAllaster May 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Unbelieveable how because some people carry a badge they feel they are above the law. Jail for four years sounds about right....
Mike May 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Glad to see someone get prosecuted for this, many don't.
Theresa May 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
What does a badge have to do with anything? I guess you missed the one where the bank was taking a guys house so he bull dozed it down.. he did not have a badge... A lot of people that I know have lost their homes and a few got cash for keys. I just wounder why the bank would not do it for them? There is always more to a story then they report.
Dourk May 19, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I'm sure there's another side, but people like these are still assholes. Getting kicked out because they don't pay what they agree too, then break all the things because they're butt-hurt.
LBV Collins May 19, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Destroying the home not only cost the bank money, but also cost all the homeowners in the neighborhood, too. When a home is trashed, inside and out, it brings down the values of nearby properties. If I lived next door to these folks, I'd be very angry with them for hurting my property's value.
Anon May 20, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Losers!
Mr. Logical May 20, 2012 at 05:15 AM
They held a Garage Sale and got carried away. Just make them pay for damages, they should not be getting jail time for this.
Real reportable Numbers May 20, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Jenna, cops weren't doing this but you would certainly expect a better example to the public. In reviewing properties lost, some even the entire stairs would be missing. For some, they felt victimized by bad choices and felt the need to take justice in their own hands. Good people turning into criminals due to the fact of how things turned out. I don't agree with what they did, but there are more people involved than the story tells. Just as they went crazy so did the banks with their careless actions. So as comparitive negligence maybe the banks should spend sometime in jail too. In studying people's behavior - we have to all think about what we would do - recalling those people that lost their entire life savings to investment crooks. While alot would say, well they didn't have too - however that is a two part scenario as well. City of Murrieta didn't have to impose such high taxes on new homeowners (unfair taxation), the banks didn't have to provide such crazy loan packages (higher income now foreclosed - lower income occupied), investors didn't have to create a market for others that they would be forever locked out of buying a home (creating an unrealistic demand) - the whole greed leaves alot homeless. Everyone shares in the blame rather directly or indirectly.....Careful with decisions and actions.
Homeless victim May 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Lets face it people, EVERYONE was in on making money, from the buliders,to the lenders of these overpriced homes that they were making loans possible for people that they knew rightfully they could NOT afford! Also the county,apraisers,escrow company and even the loan document signers to the public notaries! This couple did NOT hurt anybody but the lender, but remember everyone the lender recieved money from the insurance company at the time that the home had lost its value by half then it was originally purchased. So who realy are the victims. This couple and almost half of our county LOST our AMERICAN DREAM!!! JAIL TIME for these two are not the answer, if they go down and loose thier freedom then everyone else mentioned above should to! The DA is trying to make an example out of this case to scare people that are in these same situations, but there has been many other victimized people that have gone through these foreclosures and have done WORST and NEVER been prosecuted! What exactly is the DA's motive to make this case an example? Is it because he is a cop, he is not anymore because of this, she is a real estate agent, not anymore because the builder went bankrupt! They have already LOST everything, now thier freedom! What the hell is wrong with our justice system! They need to spend our taxpayers money on putting away rapist and child abusers and murderers NOT just regular people that were victimized from the start!
Jena McAllaster May 21, 2012 at 08:15 AM
I never want to see anyone homeless nor a house destroyed, I Love our community, and yes, there is always more to the story than reported. Maybe jail time is not appropriate, however, is a slap on the wrist appropriate? What about some accountability... Her husband is an ex-cop and he is on trial as well, so he did have some degree, knowledge or contribution to this situation, correct? I had a similar situation happen to me as well, and I left with my dignity and lesson learned, for now, I am a renter. Just an opionon people, no need for caps lock, lol! Although I know times are very tough, life is short...
GOT CAUGHT May 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Should NOT Get Jail time ? They should get jail time AND Pay back the damages which is what they will most likely get . Thats like getting caught robbing a bank and OH DAM FINE I'll give the money back ,, moron
GOT CAUGHT May 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Wheres the "Logic" in that ? And if you were the one who loaned them the money for the house and they never paid you back, and then destryed the rest ? ? ?
Woodman May 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Give me a break! Lock em both up!
Jennifer Smith May 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
WHY do people take pictures of themselves doing stuff like this?

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