What is the current status of Justin Mahlet and Jason Tate, who were accused of stealing high-end electronics and selling them on eBay? Are they locked up, still awaiting trial?
– Bob, Sacramento
Justin Jeremy Mahlet, 38, of Sacramento, and Jason Bedell Tate, 42, of Rocklin, are serving time in Placer County jail for burglary.
The two men turned themselves in to authorities in July 2012 after the California Attorney General’s Office issued a complaint charging them with 17 counts of commercial burglary. According to the complaint, between December 2010 and September 2011, Mahlet and Tate burglarized more than a dozen electronics retailers in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Solano counties. They reportedly used eBay to fence the stolen goods.
When detectives served search warrants at the men’s residences and a rental storage unit in Rocklin, they reportedly found numerous electronic items from the businesses that had been burglarized.
According to Placer County Jail online records, Mahlet and Tate are serving jail time under the state’s realignment policy, in which low-level felons are diverted to county jails and supervision, instead of being sent to state prison. Booked into jail in June of this year, Tate is scheduled for release in December 2014 and Mahlet in June 2015, according to the jail’s inmate roster.