A man who committed first-degree residential burglary was found guilty by a San Luis Obispo County jury on Monday.
Cole Benjamin Malone, 33 of San Luis Obispo, was arrested in August of 2016 for stealing a bicycle out of a home within the city of San Luis Obispo. A child near the scene heard something from the victim’s garage before Malone ran away from the scene and was followed by the homeowner.
“Residential burglary is a particularly dangerous crime. When an intruder violates the sanctity of a home it presents a very real potential for a violent confrontation with the resident. Fortunately, in this case the defendant was quickly subdued and no one was injured. We thank the jury for their patience in hearing this important case,” said District Attorney Dan Dow.
Malone previously served a sentence in 2013 for grand theft, which could increase his time in prison by one year.
Malone will head back to court on October 30 for sentencing, which could amount to a possible seven years in state prison.