Painter and Construction Worker Arrested for a Church Burglary

Painter and Construction Worker Arrested for a Church Burglary
Photo: Saint Raphael Catholic Church

SAN RAFAEL — A painter and construction worker were arrested on suspicion of vandalism and burglary of a church. The two suspects were nabbed the following day on September 28.

The incident occurred at Saint Raphael Catholic Church at 1104 Fifth Avenue, two blocks away from San Rafael police headquarters. It was reported shortly before 2 a.m. on September 27.

The pair of intruders gained entry by smashing glass and creating a hole in the front door of the church. One man was carrying a knife and the other man was carrying what appeared to be a broomstick.

Officers nabbed both suspects within a few minutes. The two men were arrested at 1:55 a.m. outside the church. The painter Lorenzo Adan Reyes-Reyes, 38 of San Rafael, was booked into Marin County Jail for burglary and vandalism. He went through the same process all over again two days later.

Reyes-Reyes was released from jail, but he was subsequently arrested again on September 29 for public intoxication. In addition, Reyes-Reyes was arrested for battery on a peace officer and resisting and officer.

The construction worker who was arrested is Abel Estrada Pantoja, 39 of San Rafael. Pantoja faces charges for burglary and violation of probation. Pantoja has several prior arrests on his record for illicit drug possession.

Reyes-Reyes and Pantoja presently remain in custody. Bond for the release of Reyes-Reyes was set at $55,000. Bond for Pantoja was set at $100,000.

Painter and Construction Worker Arrested for a Church Burglary was last modified: October 5th, 2020 by admin
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