NEWS RELEASE     FROM: 
Karyn Sinunu, Chief Assistant District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON:
Tom Flattery, Deputy District Attorney
High Technology Crimes Unit
(408) 792-2542       For release on April 17, 2006   PROLIFIC HIGH TECH BURGLAR CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS   On April 14, 2006, a Santa Clara County jury returned guilty verdicts against Howard Allen Young, 43, of Las Vegas. Young was charged with 14 counts of second-degree burglary, 14 counts of grand theft and one count of selling stolen property stemming from one of the most notorious high tech burglary sprees in the region’s history. Young’s three-week trial saw more than 50 witnesses testify regarding 22 separate burglaries. The jury convicted him on all 29 counts and found true each of three “excessive taking” allegations.    Young burglarized such companies as Silicon Graphics, Agilent Technologies, Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Marvell Semiconductors, Siebel Systems and Google. Young’s crime spree began in May, 2001 and ended with his May, 2004 arrest. In each case, Mr. Young entered the victim business on a Saturday morning dressed in a suit and took high value memory, server boards, and processor chips. The total estimated loss in this spree exceeded 3 million dollars; losses in Santa Clara County alone were nearly $750,000.    For three years, more than 14 northern California police agencies had sought the same suspect in connection with burglaries of high tech companies in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties. His unique appearance, at 6’7” tall, 300 plus pounds, with a shaved head lead the suspect to be dubbed “The Green Mile.” Young is scheduled for sentencing on June 2, 2006, in Department 36. He faces a maximum sentence of 32 years, 4 months. He is still facing burglary and grand theft charges in San Mateo and Alameda counties related to additional thefts during his three-year crime spree.   # # #

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