Package Thief Gets 23 Years and Eight Months in Plea Deal

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A woman that pleaded guilty to stealing mailed packages from East County front lawns was sentenced Wednesday.

Martha Lampley, 37, a parolee, agreed to a plea deal of 23 years and 8 months at her sentencing. Her history of crime since 2008 and her previous strike played a role in the length of her sentencing, officials said. 

Lampley originally faced 13 counts, including three commercial burglaries and two residential burglaries. During one of those burglaries, an older man was at home. Prosecutors said she entered the home under false pretenses and started stealing. 

In December, Sheriff's officials started receiving reports of package thefits in East County homes. 

One home's surveillance cameras caught Lampley in the act, deputies said, and she was later booked into jail on burglary charges in connection with a series of package thefts in East County. At the time, she was recently released from prison, so she also faces charges of violating her parole with drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

More charges were later pending against her after detectives discovered stolen packages and merchandise in a storage unit tied to Lampley. Sgt. Greg Hampton said in December the suspect may be responsible for other commercial and residential burglaries from stores like Kohls and Target.

A restitution hearing has been scheduled for July 7. 

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