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Charges for Social Security break-in

POSTED February 26, 2010 8:57 p.m.
A Modesto man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for charges arising from a break-in at the Social Security office in Modesto.
Robert Lee Coates, 35, is charged with theft and destruction of government property.
According to court documents, Coates was captured on the building video surveillance system breaking into the Social Security Administration office by breaking a glass window and entering into a conference room. Coates is alleged to have stolen a 52-inch flat-panel TV, DVD video recorder, safe, router, stereo amplifier, and other items. He also caused property damage. Federal agents were able to retrieve all the stolen items, except the TV and router.
Coates is currently on parole for burglary.
If convicted of the charges, Coates faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 as to each count.

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