A 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to breaking into dozens of coin-operated laundry machines in Anaheim hotels.

Jesse Moreno was charged April 2 with 28 counts of first-degree burglary stemming from the rash of break-ins that started Jan. 15 and continued through March 28, according to court records.

Anaheim Detective Dave Hermann, in a motion asking for a higher bail, said Moreno is suspected of 30 to 40 burglaries of the coin-operated laundry machines in hotels and motels.

The defendant was seen on surveillance video of a Days Inn at 800 S. Beach Blvd. before his arrest, Hermann said.

Moreno is accused of hitting 15 hotels in Anaheim, some more than once, said Anaheim police Sgt. Luis Correa. Investigators suspect he also burglarized laundry machines at hotels in 10 other locations outside of Anaheim, but he has so far not been charged with those alleged break-ins, Correa said.

The total alleged take was about $10,000, Correa said.

Some of the hotel chains victimized include Holiday Inn, Red Lion Inn, Motel 6, Hilton, Anaheim Hotel, Ayres Hotel Anaheim, Cortona Inn and Suites, Quality Inn, Best Western, Double Tree, Fairfield Inn, Days Inn, Sheraton Inn, Wyndham Hotel and Howard Johnson, according to court records.

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