Man who admitted to local hotel thefts awaits sentence

Vincent Eric Richardson looks to change plea

SAN DIEGO -  

A sentencing hearing scheduled Friday for a man who admitted stealing more than $12,000 worth of valuables from guest rooms at several San Diego Bay-area hotels last year was postponed.

Vincent Eric Richardson, 51, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to multiple counts of felony burglary and knowingly receiving stolen property valued at more than $950, also a felony.

Richardson now wants to withdraw his plea, a move that would have to be approved by a judge. If it is not approved, Richardson will be sentenced.

Judge Eugenia Eyherabide scheduled the motion for Jan. 16. She denied the defendant's bid to represent himself.

Richardson has prior convictions for burglary and robbery. He was detained on Sept. 6, 2011, by Marriott hotel security officers after a brief foot chase. Authorities said he was carrying a laptop stolen from a guest room minutes earlier.

Authorities also said Richardson took $3,000 worth of property from a room at the same hotel 11 days earlier.

Witnesses at a preliminary hearing testified seeing Richardson acting suspiciously at the Manchester Grand Hyatt prior to his arrest at the nearby Marriott hotel.

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