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A man who burglarized four homes, including one in which a housekeeper was handcuffed and held at gunpoint in a Rancho Santa Fe mansion, was sentenced Wednesday to 38 years in state prison.

David Grub, 45, was found guilty last year of seven robbery and burglary counts. He was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $500,000.

Deputy District Attorney Dennis Panish said Grub targeted homes in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Rancho Santa Fe where he knew there would be large amounts of jewelry and cash.

Grub’s burglary spree — which lasted from March 2012 to December 2012 — started out with break-ins at unoccupied homes but ended with two home- invasion robberies, including one in which he fired shots, Panish told Judge Melinda Lasater.

The judge said Grub failed to learn his lesson after firing shots during one burglary in August 2012, then handcuffing the housekeeper in the break-in five days before Christmas 2012.

The judge said the escalating robberies exhibited great violence and involved great monetary value.

For his part, Grub apologized before he was sentenced.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” Grub told the judge.

Defense attorney Ray Aragon said his client was a licensed electrician before getting into methamphetamine and running with the wrong crowd.

Aragon said Grub planned to burglarize homes when no one was around, but things went wrong and he was forced to confront victims in the last two break- ins.

Grub was arrested in Alpine two months after the Dec. 20, 2012, burglary in Rancho Santa Fe based on a tip received by authorities. A second suspect in that robbery remains at large

—City News Service

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