A man who broke into fire stations throughout Moreno Valley, stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of gear and devices, was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.

Hector Daniel Velazquez, 28, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of burglary and one count each of grand theft and receiving stolen property. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped four counts of burglary, two counts of grand theft and 10 counts of petty theft.

Superior Court Judge Christian Thierbach certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. Thierbach also directed the Department of Probation to determine the appropriate level of financial restitution that Velazquez should make to his victims.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Harding, the defendant burglarized five county fire stations in October 2017. He said Velazquez forcibly accessed the facilities while crews were deployed and “stole multiple items, including electronic devices, uniforms and personal property.”

Detectives didn’t get a break in the case until they investigated a residential break-in on Dunlavy Court, near Davis Street, in Moreno Valley in early November, according to Harding. He said $4,000 worth of property was taken from the house.

Velazquez was identified as the 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 has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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