Suspected Habitat thief faces charges |

Suspected Habitat thief faces charges

The district attorney’s office will soon file charges against Richard Lund, who is accused of burglarizing a home being renovated by Habitat for Humanity.

Because Lund already has one “strike” against him under California’s “three strikes” law, his jail or prison sentence may be doubled, Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said.

Lund was arrested last week for allegedly stealing $5,000 worth of tools and equipment from a Habitat for Humanity building site in Grass Valley earlier this month.

His arrest record is also a laundry list of burglary charges, accusations of vandalism, and repeated alleged violations of probation.

His first recorded arrest occurred when he was 18 years old, and the event earned him his “first strike.”

In February 2001, Lund was arrested along with a 16-year old girl for breaking into a home in Penn Valley. He was caught because the burglary victim called the police when he later saw Lund and the girl walking along the road. Lund was wearing the victim’s house key on a chain around his neck, said authorities at the time.

A month later, Lund was arrested again, this time for burglary and vandalism and court records show he had another encounter with the police on April 23 when he disobeyed a court order.

A few months went by before Lund then got into trouble again. He was arrested in July 2001 for burglary in the second degree. He was found guilty of the felony, although it was not a “strike” penalty.

During the course of the next few years, Lund had several run-ins with the police, but most were minor offenses of violating probation.

Lund was arrested in February 2004 for allegedly severely injuring his 4-month-old son and was charged with attempted murder, but the charges were dropped when prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to substantiate their case.

Last November, Lund was also arrested on charges of domestic violence. That case is still pending.

Assuming Lund is charged with first-degree commercial burglary, which usually carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, Lund would be eligible for a six-year term, Phillips said. The maximum might be increased if other charges are added.

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