A 25-year-old man accused of breaking into homes to steal women's underwear has pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary.
Francisco Ambrosio of St. George, who allegedly stole more than 100 pairs of women's panties, will have to buy his victims new underwear if the judge follows the prosecutor's suggestion.Ambrosio pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
He originally was charged with 10 counts of burglary, a second-degree felony; four counts of theft by receiving stolen property; and one count of possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors.
However, five of the burglary charges and all of the misdemeanors were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea, said Washington County deputy attorney Wade Farraway.
Police arrested Ambrosio March 18 after two teenage girls said they found him in their home with his arms full of their underwear.
Police said they found 45 pieces of women's underwear, photographs and a video recorder stored in a backpack he had taken from the girls' apartment.
When police searched Ambrosio's apartment, they said they found more than 100 pairs of women's underwear and a small amount of marijuana. When he was arrested, Ambrosio was also wearing women's underwear, police said.
Ambrosio's apartment is within six blocks of nine other homes where similar burglaries were reported in the three weeks prior to his arrest.
Although most of the stolen garments were recovered, Farraway asked the court to require Ambrosio to pay to purchase new ones for his victims. He said the women understandably did not want to use them any longer.
Ambrosio could face up to 75 years in the Utah State Prison if he gets the maximum sentence for each of the five convictions and the judge orders the sentences to run consecutively.
A second-degree felony carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Sentencing is set for May 27.