City Man Pleads In Break-In Case

Police: Defendant Broke Into Several Eateries

Posted: June 28, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man charged in connection with a series of break-ins at local eateries pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Ervin Guillen-Mendez, 18, entered guilty pleas to four felony counts of breaking and entering, one felony count of grand larceny and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

As part of a plea deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Guillen-Mendez to 16 years in prison with all but 1? years suspended. He also was ordered to pay $1,775 in restitution to the establishments.

The break-ins, which occurred in October, took place at the Ciro’s Lasagna House on East Market Street and at four businesses on South Carlton Street: Arby’s, Little Caesars, Dairy Queen and El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant.

Ervin Guillen-Mendez is the brother of Rosel Guillen-Mendez, 17. The younger brother is charged in connection with the July 1 robbery of the BB&T bank on South High Street in Harrisonburg.

Rosel Guillen-Mendez escaped from the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents in Staunton at about 6 p.m. on Dec. 29. He was captured in early April in New Orleans and is awaiting trial in circuit court.

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