Rothbury man pleads guilty to car wash break-in.

July 18, 2016

David Quintero with his attorney,  Julie Springstead Waltz.

David Quintero with his attorney, Julie Springstead Waltz.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 33-year-old Rothbury man who broke into a Shelby car wash business last month pleaded guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, July 18, to breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.

David Barco Quintero, of 2423 W. Meadow Lane, faces up to five months of upfront jail time as part of the plea agreement. His second-offense habitual offender designation was dismissed in the plea deal.

The felony is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison, said Judge Anthony A. Monton.

Quintero was arrested by the Shelby Police Department after allegedly breaking into a car-wash business on State Street and then fleeing from the officer on foot.

Shelby Police Chief Terry TenBrink previously said Quintero used a pry bar and hammer to pry open the door to the building and also damaged a coin machine. Officer Josh Karafa was on patrol and caught him in the act at approximately 3 a.m., TenBrink said. He took off running when Karafa approached, but was apprehended a short distance down the road.

Quintero testified Monday that the front door was open when he entered the business. “I shouldn’t have been there,” he said. “I heard a vehicle pull up with bright lights, and I ran out.”

Sentencing is set for Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. Quintero is currently free on bond.

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