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Man convicted in 2010 El Dorado County burglary spree

An El Dorado County jury has convicted an Emerald Bay man of 17 felony counts in connection with a 2010 residential burglary spree.

After a three-week trial involving 217 exhibits and 30 witnesses, the jury on Jan. 29 found 34-year-old Craig Ivan Adams guilty offenses, including nine counts of burglary, four counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and grand theft of firearms.

From July through November 2010, Adams and Katy Manoff, 30, carried out a drug-fueled crime spree from Cameron Park to South Lake Tahoe, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release. The two typically would knock on the front door of a residence and if the homeowner answered the door, they would ask for someone with a fictitious name. When told the person didn’t live there, they would leave. But if no one answered the door, the defendants would enter through an unlocked door or force their way into the residence. Once inside, they would steal items, carrying them away in pillowcases from the home.

Manoff pleaded guilty and was sentenced by El Dorado County Supeior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury to 22 years and four months in state prison, said Dave Stevenson, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office.

He said residents are advised to be vigilant and to report suspicious activities in their neighborhood to their local law enforcement agency. People should avoid opening the door to strangers, Stevenson said, and instead ask who is there or turn a porch light on and off several times to make it clear that someone is home.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.