Man residents helped apprehend faces 3-year, 8-month sentence

By From page A4 | February 01, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Kortney Jerome Avent, tracked down by residents who recognized that the car he drove had been parked days earlier in front of a burglarized home, will be sentenced to three years and eight months, a Solano County prosecutor says.

Avent, 22, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing stolen property and will be sentenced Feb. 27, said Deputy District Attorney Veronica Juarez.

The sentence includes eight months for two felony probation violations, Juarez said.

Residents along Shoreline Circle in Fairfield followed the car Avent drove through the neighborhood after recognizing the vehicle from surveillance videos taken two days earlier during a September burglary in the neighborhood. Residents had shared the video through Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors to talk online. It showed the silver Toyota Corolla in front of the house. The car was missing two hub caps and had front-end damage.

One resident, after seeing the Corolla, ran to his house and got into his truck, while Neighborhood Watch block captain Mike Miller – who was closer to the Corolla – followed the car.

At Dover Avenue, about 3 miles away, resident Eric Castleman used his truck to force Avent, who had slowed the Corolla to about 5 mph, to pull over.

Avent insisted they had the wrong man, Castleman said. Police, called by residents, pulled up and arrested Avent. A resident said police going to Avent’s home found an Xbox video game console and a laptop stolen from the resident’s home. The resident said he lost about $10,000 in the burglary of his home.

Neighborhood Watch captain Miller praised the outcome of the criminal case.

“It’s a rare event these days that somebody actually gets caught and held accountable,” he said. “It’s gratifying to know our justice system prevailed.”

Miller said Avent could have burglarized a home where someone was present and that “it could have gotten ugly.”

If his home is broken into, Miller said, “I’m going to defend my family and myself.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • FKruegerFebruary 01, 2014 - 9:51 am

    The only reason this arrest happened was thanks to a surveillance system...Nowadays you need three things, a surveillance system, alarm system & a hand gun. You can't count on Fairfield police. If your area is suffering a rash of break-ins you can't even get an extra patrol (if you ever get any at all). Remember, when seconds count the police are only minutes away. Know your neighbors but keep this in mind, most of time it's one of your neighbors or their kids or a friend of theirs or yours. They are more likely to know your schedule. Beware of groups of young people just hanging out, people just sitting in cars or walking down the street looking at your property and in cars. Put up signs. For the most part these break-ins happen during the day. If you get robbed keep in mind that it just might happen again. These people know that you will be replacing the stolen items with bright shiny new ones & they already know your house. These things will help keep you safe in today’s Fairfield.

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