Suspected Church Vandal Due in Court for Probation Violation Charge

Broken Glass on Ground in Parking Lot

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - Just days after he was released from jail for vandalism, a 27-year-old San Dimas man was scheduled back in court Tuesday for a probation violation hearing on allegations of vandalizing a Newport Beach church.

Nicolas Alexandro Briones was released from jail April 11 after pleading guilty March 29 to a felony count of vandalism, according to court and jail records. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail on March 29 and placed on two years of formal probation in connection with the March 10 vandalism, according to court records.

Police were called about 2:45 a.m. Saturday regarding vandalism at Christ Church by the Sea, 1400 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach Police Department Sgt. Shawn Dugan said. Stained glass windows were shattered at the church.

Investigators do not have any evidence of a hate crime, Dugan said. Briones does not appear to have any affiliation with the church, Dugan said.

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