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Traveling burglar sentenced to prison

The man known as one of the “Traveling Burglars” was sentenced on June 10 to three years in state prison, although that time could be served in Colusa County Jail, due to the state’s COVID-19 policies.

Prior to his arrest in 2019, Danny Wayne Light, 48, along with his female partner in crime, Julia Wheatley, were wanted in four states in connection to numerous crimes, including burglary and auto theft, authorities said.

Light was captured Feb. 19, 2019 after he crashed a rented vehicle near Maxwell, after leading the Willows CHP on a high-speed pursuit from Glenn County.

Light eventually pleaded no contest in Colusa County Superior Court to taking the vehicle of an Arbuckle woman a few days before the crash, in a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office. Wheatley is still wanted in Colusa County for burglarizing the same woman’s home, but is currently incarcerated in Texas on theft-related crimes.

The couple was dubbed “The Traveling Burglars” after Oregon law enforcement linked them to a number of crimes, using the same modus operandi. The couple reportedly used rental vehicles to travel from town to town to burglarize homes, which allowed them to move about without drawing too much attention to themselves.

Wheatley and Light are suspected of committing about 20 burglaries in Nevada, Arizona, California, and Oregon, authorities said.

In addition to being wanted in Colusa County, Wheatley is wanted in Gold Beach, Ore. for using a stolen credit card at Kohl’s Department Store, authorities said.

Colusa County Deputy District Attorney Brenden Farrell last week dropped the felony charge against Light for being a fugitive from justice, and said Light could be turned over to the Arizona Department of Corrections if they came for him.

Light is facing 17 years in prison for crimes there, authorities said.

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