Nicole Macy, 37, and Kip Macy, 38, threatened to shoot tenants, changed locks, cleared apartments of belongings, and reported tenants as trespassers in their own apartments, prosecutors said Wednesday. They said it was all to drive renters out of their building in the increasingly pricey South of Market neighborhood, where rents have soared in recent years but city restrictions keep them in check for existing tenants.
District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement that the couple's tactics were "so outlandish and brazen that it sounds like the plot line of a horror movie."
The Macys each pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of residential burglary, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of attempted grand theft.
The crimes occurred between 2005 and 2007 but the Macys fled to Italy after their 2009 grand jury indictment. They reached a plea deal after they were extradited and will each be sentenced to four years and four months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for August.
The couple twice used a power saw to cut holes in the floor of one victim's living room while he was in the apartment and cut sections out of the joists below the floor, the district attorney's office said.
They also threatened to have tenants deported, cut off utility lines, changed locks, took and destroyed tenants' belongings and reported legal tenants as trespassers, bringing police to the apartment with guns drawn, the DA's office said.
The Macys attorney, Lisa Dewberry, did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.