During the latter part of 2013, the Corona Police Department started to investigate a systematic pattern of burglaries occurring at our local schools. From August 2013 to November 2013, there were 29 cases of burglaries at the Corona/Norco Unified schools. The primary targets of theft were laptop computers and computer equipment.
Utilizing several different resources such as extra patrols, crime analysis, parole/probation compliance checks, vice/narcotics units, gang units, detectives and schools, ultimately, a suspect, identified as Carlos Hernandez, 42 years, from Corona, was arrested as he was fleeing from a fresh burglary at Coronita Elementary School on November 12, 2013.
Following Hernandez’ arrest, the detectives were able to present a very detailed and extensive case history to the Riverside County District Attorney. They were able to present hundreds of cases Hernandez was likely responsible for, based on the same motive, from a series of burglaries that occurred in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, and now, the 29 new cases in 2013.
On January 8, 2014, Hernandez pled guilty to all 29 counts of burglary and the judge sentenced him to eight years straight jail time, with no supervised release or probation time due to his propensity to re-violate.
This was clearly a collaborative effort on behalf of the Corona Police Department, Corona/Norco Unified School District, Riverside County DA’s Office, and the community.