Originally posted on CBS San Francisco:
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man charged with stealing iPhones and iPads from a number of San Mateo County businesses pleaded no contest Thursday to four felony counts of commercial burglary, prosecutors said.
Nicholas Anthony Simat entered the plea Thursday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in return for the dismissal of the remaining nine counts. However, the remaining counts will still be considered in sentencing, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Simat, a 26-year-old Pleasanton resident, was identified as a suspect in a string of burglaries dating back to late February in South San Francisco, Burlingame and Daly City after police released surveillance photos and a suspect description, according to South San Francisco police.
In the thefts, a white male suspect entered numerous businesses and engaged employees in long conversations.
The suspect introduced himself as “Mike” or “Michael” and told employees at the businesses that he…
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