East Palo Alto couple pleads no contest to theft of wallet at funeral

Officers found debit cards, insurance card stolen from Woodside couple's mail

An East Palo Alto couple pleaded no contest Friday to identity theft charges tied to stealing a wallet while working as caterers at a Belmont funeral reception, prosecutors said.

Robert Spiva, 31, pleaded no contest to two counts of identity theft on the condition that he is sentenced to no more than two years in prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

His girlfriend, Paige Boswell, 22, pleaded no contest to one count and was sentenced to three years' probation and must enroll in a residential drug treatment program, prosecutors said.

The couple stole a victim's wallet with credit cards and a checkbook while working as caterers during a funeral reception at a Belmont home on Aug. 2.

They charged items to the credit cards over the next week until police found the credit cards and other stolen items during a search of their East Palo Alto apartment on Aug. 8, prosecutors said.

Officers also found a box with debit cards and an insurance card stolen from a Woodside couple's mail weeks earlier. Both Spiva and Boswell were on probation for an identity theft conviction in April 2013, prosecutors said.

Spiva is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 6.

— Bay City News


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Posted by YSK
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

lowest of low. I'm glad they were caught.

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Posted by BarronParker
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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So a pair of serial thieves, while on parole for the most recent efforts of theivery for which they were caught, is caught after stealing again. One gets parole (!) and the other will be out and ready to go back to work in less than 2 years.

What's wrong with this picture ...?

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Really classy couple.

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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 9, 2014 at 4:47 pm

@BarronParker - thus the value of three strikes laws.

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Posted by rick
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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I think three strikes applies only for the most serious of felony convictions.
Lives must be taken or extremely threatened three times.
There is no limit to the number of wallets you can steal peacefully.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

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This didn't happen at a funeral. These thieves are idiots and losers, but prison for life? Three strikes? Please. Get a reality check, people.

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