Repeat offender sent back to prison for Riverside burglary and weapons crime

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By City News Service

RIVERSIDE — A convicted felon who stole video cameras and other equipment from a Riverside industrial complex was sentenced Friday to three years in state prison.

Kenneth Owen Berry, 32, pleaded guilty in December to burglary, receiving stolen property, vandalism and being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a crime while on bail and committing a crime within five years of parole from state prison.

A Riverside County Superior Court judge certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the stipulated sentence.

According to Riverside police, on Oct. 26, 2016, Berry broke into a recreational vehicle that belonged to the operators of a manufacturing plant on Eastridge Avenue. The RV was loaded with $10,000 worth of camera gear, which the defendant stripped out and took home, investigators said.

One of the plant managers later spotted the cameras being sold via an online classified advertisement and alerted authorities.

A follow-up investigation led to Berry’s residence in the 13000 block of Moreno Way in Moreno Valley, where detectives found the cameras mounted on the defendant’s home, according to police.

He was arrested without incident.

According to court records, at the time of his arrest, Berry had another theft-related case pending from December 2015.

The ex-con admitted the offenses, and they were factored into his sentence Friday.

Berry has prior convictions for attempted grand theft, being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded firearm and burglary.

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