A Pleasanton man who stole iPhones and iPads from many San Mateo
County businesses in a string of burglaries earlier this year was sentenced
in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday morning.
Nicholas Simat, 26, pleaded no contest to four felony counts of
commercial burglary in May after he was arrested in February.
Simat was connected to a string of burglaries in South San
Francisco, Burlingame and Daly City.
In the burglaries a man entered the businesses and talked to
employees introducing himself as "Mike" or "Michael," according to
He would apparently talk to employees in the front of the office
of various dental offices, furniture stores, car repair shops and other
businesses, prosecutors said.
He would loiter in the front area or chat about a range of topics
and when the employees were distracted he would pilfer the electronic items,
according to prosecutors.
He was eventually tracked down to a friend's home in Pinole and he
allegedly admitted to the thefts.
Police were able to identify Simat after distributing images of
the suspect from surveillance footage obtained at the various businesses.
As part of his sentencing he will serve eight months in county
jail and three years probation. He was ordered to pay $54,000 in restitution
to the victims.
His jail time can be served in a drug treatment program, according
to the district attorney's office.
According to prosecutors, Simat said he was addicted to heroin and
OxyContin and stole the items to pay for his drug habit.