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Former convict sentenced to four years in state prison for restaurant burglary

Long Beach, California – A former convict who was arrested earlier this year in Long Beach in connection with a string of restaurant break-ins pled no contest today to a felony count of second-degree commercial burglary.

The now 21-year-old, Corey James Swayney, was sentenced to four years in state prison right away.

Last year, Swayney admitted to two prior burglary convictions.

He was charged with eight felony counts of second-degree commercial burglary after his arrest on June 23 by Long Beach police, involving break-ins at La Taqueria Brand, Waffle Love, The Breakfast Bar, Chipotle, Chen’s Chinese Restaurant, Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, Park Pantry, and The Ordinaire between June 12 and June 21.

According to Long Beach police, surveillance camera footage allowed detectives to determine that one individual was involved in the string of burglaries. Money and/or devices were taken from each restaurant, according to investigators.

As part of his plea deal, Swayney agreed to pay restitution for all of the charges.

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