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Man accused of thefts from San Diego hotels to stand trial

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars of valuables from guest rooms at hotels around San Diego Bay must stand trial on burglary and receiving stolen property charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Vincent Eric Richardson, 50, remains held on $100,000 bail.

After a brief preliminary hearing, Judge Desiree Bruce-Lyle ruled there was enough evidence for Richardson to stand trial. A Superior Court arraignment was set for Oct. 5.

Richardson - who has prior convictions for burglary and robbery - was detained the morning of Sept. 6 by Marriott Hotel security officers following a brief foot chase, Harbor Police spokesman John Gilmore said. When taken into custody, he allegedly was carrying a laptop stolen from an unoccupied Marriott guest room minutes earlier.

The defendant is also accused of taking $3,000 worth of property from a room at the same hotel on Aug. 26, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Eacret.

Witnesses testified at the hearing Wednesday that Richardson was seen recently on several floors of the Manchester Grand Hyatt acting suspiciously, the prosecutor said.

At the time of Richardson's arrest, investigators believed the defendant was involved in a series of thefts from hotel rooms in the area, with losses exceeding $12,000, Gilmore said.

If convicted under the "three strikes" law, Richardson faces 75 years to life in prison, Eacret said.

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