LOGAN — A 31-year-old Logan woman has been sentenced to probation after being convicted of stealing from her employer and burglarizing several homes. Karli J. Estrada was able to avoid jail time after paying back more than $20,000 to her victims.
Estrada appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She previously pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft, both third-degree felonies.
Police began investigating after Estrada’s employer caught her taking some gift cards, intended to be reward incentives for employee performance. Officers later uncovered evidence that she stole several valuables from homes that she was cleaning. The jewelry and other items were later pawned. The crimes occurred from March to August 2017.
During Tuesday’s sentencing, Estrada told the court she was truly sorry for what she did and never meant to hurt anyone. She blamed her actions on trying to be someone she was not.
Defense attorney Greg Skordas asked the court to let his client go, noting how she had been able to pay full restitution. He also explained that she was receiving mental health treatment.
Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar commended Estrada for paying back the stolen money but expressed concern about letting her go. She said the defendant had the potential of being a con-woman.
Judge Brian Cannell said he didn’t feel like additional jail time would make Estrada anymore sorry for what she had done. He agreed with Lachmar that the defendant still needed to be supervised by probation agents. He also sentenced her to complete 60-hours of community service and continue her counseling programs.