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Saugus man gets probation in online dating thefts

Posted: March 27, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Jeffrey Scott Elvington Jeffrey Scott Elvington
Jeffrey Scott Elvington

A Saugus man charged with three felonies for stealing from local women he romanced online received a suspended sentence and three years’ probation this week after pleading no contest to the charges.

Jeffrey Scott Elvington, 39, entered a plea of no contest Monday at San Fernando Superior Court to one felony count of second-degree commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft and one felony count of theft, said Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Elvington was sentenced to 365 days in jail, but that sentence was suspended, said Robison. He received three years of formal probation.

Elvington was arrested last month by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives at a Saugus home where a search warrant was also served.

They arrested him on burglary charges for stealing from women he met through online dating services.

Elvington masqueraded as a chef, military man, private investigator or some other professional and courted women through dating services such as, Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Sgt. James Anderson said at the time of the arrest.

“We have currently identified five victims and expect the suspect has contacted many other women over the last two years,” Anderson said.

After meeting with the women, he would steal credit card information from them and use it to buy high-end electronics to sell later, Anderson said in February.
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