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Man Posed as Realtor to Steal Jewelry

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — A man who allegedly posed as a Realtor to steal jewelry from open houses in the West Los Angeles and Lost Hills areas remained jailed today on more than $2 million bail while awaiting a court appearance next month.


Tony Chung, 29, is charged with seven counts of first-degree burglary with a person present and two counts each of first-degree residential robbery and first-degree residential burglary, according to the criminal complaint.


Chung allegedly stole high-end jewelry from several open houses between July and October while pretending to be a Realtor, according to Deputy District Attorney Christine Von Helmolt.


In one instance, a licensed Realtor chased and confronted Chung after an alleged open house robbery attempt, according to the prosecutor.


Chung was arrested Oct. 27 by Los Angeles police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information Center website.


He is due back in court Dec. 3, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.


If convicted as charged, he faces a possible maximum sentence of 47 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.




Agent who survived brutal attack will tell her story Friday

 

ABC News' '20/20' also tracks down attacker doing 60 years for 2010 robbery

ABC News’ "20/20″ will air the story Friday of San Antonio real estate agent Janice Tisdale, who barely escaped with her life four years ago after she was attacked by a client wielding a "tire thumper” in a $750,000 listing.

Today, Tisdale gives monthly safety lectures to new agents at the San Antonio Board of Realtors. She tells "20/20″ that she never goes to a property alone, and always carries a gun.

ABC News also tracked down Tisdale’s attacker, Emilio Maldonado, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery. Maldonado says he was on drugs when he hit Tisdale over the head with a tire thumper, a small wooden bat used by truckers to check their tire pressure.

The kidnapping and slaying of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter last fall heightened concerns about agent safety, with real estate industry leaders debating whether stricter, mandatory procedures are needed to ensure that agents aren’t put in dangerous situations.

Tisdale’s story airs at 10 p.m. Friday on ABC News’ "20/20.”






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Cottage Grove
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Stoughton
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Verona
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