Thief has Change of Heart While Preparing to Face Jury

A local burglary and theft suspect Clifford Harold Washburn Jr. pleaded no contest during jury selection Tuesday to several burglaries of businesses and private boats in 2010 and 2011.

Assistant State Attorneys Kevin Barr and Megan Ford were ready to show that 42 year old Washburn Jr. of Laguna Beach had a pattern: he liked oyster bars, Condom Knowledge and boats.

Between November 2010 and May 26, 2011, Washburn forced his way into Dusty’s Oyster Bar, Billy’s Oyster Bar, Condom Knowledge twice and two privately owned boats. He made off with cash and items ranging from a Garmin GPS and Pioneer speakers to
sex toys.

In all, Washburn pleaded to: six counts of burglary of a structure or conveyance, four counts of grand theft and one count each of possession of burglary tools and felony criminal mischief.

Circuit Judge James Fensom sentenced him according to the plea agreement to 10 years in prison consecutive to the 10 years he’s already serving for a prior burglary.

In November 2012, Washburn was convicted of burglarizing Shuckums Oyster Bay and Seafood Grill on Front Beach Road.

Police found Washburn hiding in the restaurant after he tripped the burglar alarm.