A 47-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history for thefts pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing expensive wine — including a bottle worth $30,000 — from a Santa Ana market and was immediately sentenced to three years in jail.
Robert Henry Blalock Jr., who was arrested in March during a traffic stop in Westminster, pleaded guilty to multiple felonies for break-ins in Santa Ana and Huntington Beach, according to court records.
In Huntington Beach, Blalock burglarized Moore’s Sewing at 15041 W. Goldenwest St., on Nov. 24 and Dec. 26, according to Officer Jennifer Marlatt. In both burglaries he took high-end sewing machines, Marlatt said.
A Westminster police officer’s traffic stop led to a search warrant issued for the defendant’s home, where a bottle of wine worth $2,400 was found, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
In a May 28, 2016, burglary at the Wine Exchange at 1544 E. Warner Ave., Blalock took a 2007 vintage of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti worth $30,000, Bertagna said. He also got away with another bottle of wine worth $3,000, a bottle of Champagne Boerl & Kroff Brut Rose Magnum worth $5,500, and 13 bottles of wine worth $220 apiece, Bertagna added.
In a June 29, 2016, burglary at the same store he took two bottles worth nearly $9,000, Bertagna said.
When he tried to steal from the store again he broke a window, which triggered an alarm and he ran away without any loot, Bertagna said.
Blalock also admitted sentencing enhancement allegations for prior convictions, according to court records.
He also pleaded guilty Wednesday to a separate case of theft with a prior conviction for car theft and admitted a sentencing enhancing allegation of committing a crime while on bail for another case, according to court records. He was sentenced to a year behind bars for that case.
In another pending case from February of last year, Blalock pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs with an intent to sell and a count of possession for sale of drugs, all felonies, and was sentenced to three years in jail.
Blalock pleaded guilty to burglary March 6, 2012, and was ultimately sentenced to 16 months in jail for violating terms of probation following his release, according to court records.
He pleaded guilty to burglary, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools, on June 12, 2009, and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
On July 23, 2007, Blalock pleaded guilty to grand theft auto, car theft, and buying or receiving a stolen vehicle or equipment, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, according to court records. For that case he was placed on three years of probation and sentenced to a year in jail, according to court records.
–City News Service
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