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Pedro Mojica Serrano pleaded no contest felony burglary charges in Half Moon Bay

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A 21-year-old man pleaded no contest Friday to felony burglary charges after a family found him inside their home in Half Moon Bay in December, San Mateo County prosecutors said. Pedro Mojica Serrano, who worked as a custodian at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Half Moon Bay, entered the plea in exchange for a maximum sentence of two years in prison for the incident on Dec. 20 at a home on Central Avenue, according to the district attorney’s office.

The family had gone out to buy a Christmas tree and returned home to find a suspect standing in their upstairs living room, rifling through a suitcase and wearing a jacket belonging to the family’s 21-year-old daughter, prosecutors said. The family’s 32-year-old son locked the defendant in the room and called 911, but by the time sheriff’s deputies arrived, he had gone out the second-story window and walked away.

However, deputies found him several minutes later and detained him, prosecutors said. The family at the home identified Serrano as the suspect and noted that he was wearing the daughter’s EMT uniform pants, according to the district attorney’s office. Serrano, a Half Moon Bay resident who remains in custody on $55,000 bail, will return to court on July 24 for sentencing.

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