Man gets two years in jail for breaking into Anaheim bank branch on a holiday afternoon

FULLERTON — A 29-year-old transient pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking into a Bank of America branch in Anaheim last month and was immediately sentenced to two years in jail.

Luis Fernando Bautista was arrested by Anaheim Police on suspicion of breaking into and attempting to burglarize the Bank of America branch at 1818 S. Euclid St. on Monday, Jan. 21. He was spotted inside the bank, which was closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, by an employee who was monitoring a remote live feed of the business. (Photo courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)

Luis Fernando Bautista pleaded guilty to one felony count each of second-degree burglary and vandalism, according to court records.

Bautista was arrested inside the bank at 1818 S. Euclid St. about 2 p.m. Jan. 21. The branch was closed that day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bautista was seen inside the branch on closed-circuit video that was being monitored by a bank employee, who alerted police, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Jeff Mundy.

When officers arrived, they found the bank’s front door had been forced open and saw Bautista rifling through drawers and attempting to enter the vault, Mundy said.

Before police arrived, several customers who apparently did not realize the bank was closed went inside because Bautista had left the front door open, the sergeant said.

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