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Couple Plead Guilty in Theft of Compact Discs

Ahusband and wife accused of stealing hundreds of compact discs from 10 record stores throughout Los Angeles County pleaded guilty Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court to three counts of commercial burglary, one count of joy-riding and one count of child abuse.

David and Alexandra Bleeden, both 27, of Van Nuys, pleaded guilty to charges that they stole compact discs from outlets of Tower Records, Record Warehouse and Music Plus record stores.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Lori Pettengill said that in each case David Bleeden ran into record stores, grabbed armloads of compact discs and then ran out the door to where his wife was waiting with a car. During some of the thefts, the couple’s baby was in the car, Pettengill said.

The two originally were charged with 10 counts of commercial burglary committed during a 11-day crime spree that began April 18. But under a plea agreement, each will be sentenced to six years in state prison, and the additional charges will dropped, Pettengill said.

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David Bleeden was arrested April 29 while trying to steal discs from a Van Nuys record store. His wife was arrested shortly afterward. David Bleeden is free on $25,000 bail, while his wife is jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.


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