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One of two men charged with possessing burglary tools pleads no contest

June 07, 2012

One of two men arrested in Glendale on suspicion of burglary pleaded no contest Wednesday to possessing theft tools, officials said.

After entering the no contest plea to the misdemeanor charge, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge immediately sentenced Andrew Carrington, 21, of San Bernardino, to serve 120 days in jail and ordered him to pay $120 in restitution, said Shiara Dávila-Morales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Carrington was also denied probation.

The other man, Jonathan Baloney, 24, of Los Angeles, pleaded not guilty to giving false information to a police officer and possessing burglary tools, Dávila-Morales said.

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Baloney and Carrington, who’s on probation for burglary, were arrested Monday at Pioneer Drive and Chester Street after police stopped their car because the license plate numbers were obstructed, according to Glendale police. The men reportedly told police they were heading to Boyle Heights, even though they were driving in the opposite direction.

“They all came up with different stories…that didn’t match,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Baloney also allegedly provided police with a Texas identification card and claimed his name was Nathaniel Mills.

When police began searching their car, they allegedly found a black backpack that contained three screw drivers, a pair of pliers, wrench and lock pick. They also discovered five screw drivers, two wrenches and a Nintendo Wii game console laying on the rear car seat, according to police reports.

When asked about the tools and property, police said the men’s stories again didn’t match, so they arrested them on suspicion of burglary.

The car’s owner, who was with Baloney and Carrington during the incident, was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property, police said, but prosecutors declined to file charges against her due to insufficient evidence, Dávila-Morales said.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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