A 22-year-old San Francisco man pleaded not guilty on multiple charges Tuesday after allegedly breaking into a car body shop in Belmont and stealing thousands of dollars in equipment on Sunday and stealing it from a grocery store in town a day later. San Mateo County prosecutors said.
Armani Blanco is charged with burglary, vandalism and shoplifting after his arrest. He is charged with breaking into the Extreme Auto Body Shop on 1300 Old County Road at around 10:20 p.m. Sunday and stealing two computers and two sensor tools totaling about $ 9,600, prosecutors said.
The shop owner discovered the break-in the next day and called the police. The store’s surveillance footage showed Blanco breaking in and stealing the items, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Blanco allegedly stole $ 423 worth of groceries from a Safeway store in Belmont, but was caught by police within minutes.
He remains in custody and is expected to return for a preliminary court hearing on April 27.