A man convicted for a series of burglaries at the homes of more than half a dozen elderly women in the Santa Monica and west Los Angeles areas has been sentenced to 210 years to life in state prison.
Jeffery Wayne Langford, 56, dubbed the “Silverware Bandit,” was convicted on Feb. 15, 2011, of eight counts of first-degree burglary, six counts of first-degree residential robbery, three counts of criminal threats, two counts each of cutting a utility line and false imprisonment of an elder, and one count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney sentenced Langford at a Jan. 27 hearing.
The crimes involved seven women, ranging in age from 75 to 93, and took place between June and August 2008, district attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila said. Two incidents occurred in the city of Santa Monica and the rest were in the west Los Angeles area.
In each of the burglaries, the defendant climbed through a window, roused the victims and demanded money, jewelry or silver. The latter demand earned Langford the designation of “The Silverware Bandit.”
In one instance, Langford attempted to choke a victim who tried to stab him with a screwdriver he had placed on her bed, and he went on to burglarize her home, Davila said.
Prior to this case, Langford had seven previous “strikes,” including convictions in 1982 and 1976 for residential burglary, Davila said.
The case was investigated by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division and the Santa Monica Police Department.