A California man is once again behind bars after police say he stole “several hundred dollars' worth of camera equipment” from a commercial business before trying to resell it to the store’s owner on the street.
Johnny Angel Robles, 25, now faces charges of commercial burglary and probation violations just days after he had been released from jail on other charges, according to a statement from the Riverside Police Department.
Police said they received a call around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning about a burglary at a local business. The owner told authorities that he had been walking near his local shop when a man approached him and offered to sell him camera equipment.
“The owner recognized the equipment as belonging to him and went back to his business where he verified a break in occurred,” police said. “When he came back, he attempted to detain the suspect after calling police.”
However, police said Robles managed to escape and allegedly led police on a foot chase. The chase ended when he was cornered in a fenced area and taken into custody.
Robles had taken “several hundred dollars’ worth of camera equipment” which was returned to the store, police said.
Robles is currently on probation for violence against police and other violations related to theft, drugs, and resisting arrest, police said. He had been released from jail “the other day” due to current laws and state orders relating to the ongoing health crisis.
Robles had been released from jail because of the state’s current zero-bail order in place during the coronavirus pandemic, according to local station KTLA.
Police labeled the social media post about Robles' re-arrest with mocking hashtags like #oopsididitagain, #arrestincarceratereleaserepeat, and #lawsoffrustration.
Robles is currently being held in jail on $10,000 bail for the alleged violation of his probation. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney available for comment.
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