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Moreno School vandalism arrests: 2 down, 2 to go
by Gary Kent
Dec 21, 2012 | 2671 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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BEEVILLE — Police officers have made a second arrest in an investigation into a burglary and vandalism incident at Moreno Middle School that occurred on Dec. 11.

Chief Joe Treviño of the Beeville Police Department said officers served an arrest warrant at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, taking 17-year-old Eric Hernandez into custody.

The chief said Hernandez was being charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony, and criminal mischief more than $20,000.

The criminal mischief charge is a third degree felony. If convicted, the defendant faces a possible 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

The other charge is punishable by a two-year stay in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

Treviño said Justice of the Peace Abel Suniga issued the arrest warrant.

Police were assisted by deputies with the U.S. Marshal’s Office in arresting the first of at least four possible suspects Monday.

The chief said that arrest was made possible by a Crime Stoppers tip.

The suspect, 19-year-old Jonathan Cadena, was being held this week on a parole violation and felon in possession of a firearm charges immediately after his arrest.

He was later charged with burglary of a building and criminal mischief, more than $20,000.

According to Detective Sgt. Art Gamez, security cameras at Moreno photographed four burglars going through the building during the early morning hours on Dec. 11.

The burglars broke out a window in a classroom and made their way out into the main building where they broke into several classrooms in the 300 and 400 wings of the school.

The burglars also entered offices and the cafeteria in the school, causing damages to computers, office equipment, doors and windows that would run into the thousands of dollars, Beeville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Sue Thomas said.

Hernandez was still in custody Thursday afternoon, pending bonds totaling $30,000.

According to staff at the Bee County Jail, Hernandez’s bond on the burglary charge was $10,000 and the criminal mischief bond was $20,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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