Woman found guilty for holiday-themed robbery

ESCONDIDO — A jury Nov. 21 convicted a transient woman of charges relating to a series of Escondido robberies.
Michelle Lefever, 28, was found guilty of a single count each of robbery, attempted robbery, vehicle theft, evading and obstructing police, possession of controlled substances and burglary tools, and the transportation of controlled substances.
The convictions relate to the Oct. 24, 2007, attempted robbery of the Vons on El Norte Parkway and the Nov. 11, 2007, robbery of 7-Eleven on Valley Parkway, as well as a Nov. 21, 2007, early morning pursuit through downtown and residential areas of Escondido in a stolen car. A surveillance video from the 7-Eleven showed an armed individual wearing a Santa hat while robbing the store.
Inside the trunk of the vehicle, police found items they believed were used in multiple robberies last fall. The items included a duffle bag with two Santa hats, a glove and a pellet gun. The evidence was tied to Lefever because of a photo album in the duffle bag that contained pictures of the defendant.
In addition to the aforementioned items, police also found a small amount of methamphetamines and marijuana in the vehicle, as well as a shaved key, a tool used by auto thieves, on Lefever.
Lefever was acquitted of the Oct. 24, 2007, robbery of Happy Yogurt near Vons on El Norte Parkway. Further the panel was hung 11-1 in favor of guilt for the Oct. 26, 2007, robbery of Taco Bell on North Escondido Boulevard and two incidents Oct. 28, 2007, the attempted robbery of 7-Eleven on Grand Avenue and the robbery of an Escondido Domino’s Pizza.
When Lefever testified, she admitted to the charges relating to the police chase and the illegal items found on her; however, she said due to her transient lifestyle she often swaps items, including clothing, with other people, which is how she ended up with the items that helped connect her to the robberies.
Prosecutors will retry Lefever for the three aforementioned charges. A Feb. 17 jury trial has been scheduled.
Lefever remains in custody without bail.


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