Convicted Burglar Charged with Burglary Spree in Santa Ana

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Convicted Burglar Charged with Burglary Spree in Santa Ana

by Contributing Editor

A 27-year-old convicted burglar was charged Tuesday with a series of Santa Ana break-ins, as well as vandalism of religious property and a drug possession count.

Raul Felipe Moreno faces seven counts of second-degree burglary and one count each of vandalism of religious property, attempted second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine — with the intent to sell, all felonies.

Moreno’s alleged targets included the Calvary Chapel preschool, where break-ins occurred on May 29 and June 22, and a number of other businesses and offices.

The burglary spree began on May 29 and continued through July 28, according to court records, while the vandalism occurred on May 28.

More charges may be filed as detectives present further evidence to prosecutors, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

“They think he’s good for 30 to 35 burglaries,” Bertagna said. “We’ve arrested him in the past for burglary.”

Moreno pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and receiving stolen property last August and was sentenced to two years in jail.

He pleaded guilty to a felony burglary count, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools, on Feb. 17, 2017, and was sentenced to 16 months in jail.

He also got a 16-month jail sentence after pleading guilty on Feb. 7, 2014, to receiving stolen property and grand theft, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and burglary tools.

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