A DirecTV installer who authorities say is a recently deported illegal alien felon was arrested Thursday, March 28, after surveillance video showed a man stealing the customer’s $2,500 English bulldog puppy from the backyard.
Eduardo Robles, 38, of San Bernardino, was in custody Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned April 2 on a charge of grand theft, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and online jail records.
Stealing a dog valued at more than $950 is considered grand theft, according to the state Penal Code.
Robles was an employee of a subcontractor that installs satellite television systems for DirecTV when on March 8 he installed a system in Victorville, a news release said. Later that day, a surveillance camera captured a man returning to the customer’s residence and using a ladder to dismantle a latch on the backyard gate.
The footage showed a man enter the yard and then leave with the puppy in his arms. Detectives arrested Robles on Glassgow Street in San Bernardino. The dog was found at a nearby house.
Robles was booked at Victor Valley Jail on a felony charge of grand theft of a dog. His bail Friday evening was listed at $175,000.
But further investigation showed Robles is an illegal alien and a recently deported felon
Detectives learned that Robles has been using the name Wence Benitez Gonzalez, and that he was in possession of false identification bearing that name, the release said.
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