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Man denies breaking stealing thousands of dollars in firefighting gear in Moreno Valley

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By City News Service

A man charged with breaking into fire stations throughout Moreno Valley and stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear and devices has pleaded not guilty.

Hector Daniel Velazquez, 28, was arrested Tuesday following a monthlong Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.

Velazquez was charged Friday with six counts of burglary, three counts of grand theft, 10 counts of petty theft and one count of receiving stolen property.

He’s being held in lieu of $210,000 bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Velazquez is accused of burglarizing five county fire stations in October.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Harding alleged that the defendant forcibly accessed the facilities, apparently while crews were deployed, and “stole multiple items, including electronic devices, uniforms and personal property.”

Detectives got a break in the case when they investigated a residential break-in on Dunlavy Court, near Davis Street, on Tuesday, according to Harding. He said $4,000 worth of property was taken from the house.

Velazquez was identified as the alleged perpetrator, and a search of his residence in the area of Canyon Springs Parkway and Day Street resulted in the seizure of property taken from the firehouses, according to the sergeant.

The defendant, who was arrested without incident, has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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