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Monday, October 08, 2012



Published August 29, 2012

“A Kindergarten Teacher burglarizes home for the third time”

by Nathan’ette Burdine-Follow on Twitter@nbnylemagazine

            When thinking about a kindergarten teacher, the first thought that generally comes to mind is a decent upstanding citizen who reads stories to five and six year olds before their afternoon nap.  The first thought is not one of a person who goes on a stealing spree, during after school hours, and a potential heroin binge.  But in the case of Reina Herrera, the thought would not be considered out of the norm.  According to the Miami Herald’s Esteban Illades article, “Miami-Dade Kindergarten teacher charged in house burglary,” Herrera is a Kindergarten teacher who’s been arrested for burglarizing a home and possessing heroin.  Herrera has been a teacher for seven years at Earlington Heights Elementary School in Miami, FL.  However, this is not the first time that Herrera’s “extracurricular” criminal activities have placed her before a judge.  According to the records on Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts website, the felony charge of burglarizing an unoccupied dwelling was filed on December 7, 2010, against Herrera.  She escaped jail time because she received court-supervised treatment.  But, it doesn’t appear as if she will receive the same lenient treatment as she did before. 

Illades stated that based on the information within the arrest affidavit Herrera confessed to breaking into the same house on May 10 and 17 of 2012.  She allegedly stole a total amount of $6,000 in cash and personal belongings.  According to Illades, Herrera stole $3500 from the home during the first-break-in.  And during the second break-in, she stole an engagement ring worth $1000, a pearl necklace valued at $500, and $1000 in cash.  After the police apprehended Herrera, the police found a heroin cooking kit in her car.  The heroin cooking kit included the ingredients of three bags of heroin, a spoon, needle, and tourniquet.  Along with the heroin cooking supplies, Illades stated that the police found three checks worth approximately $600.00.  The checks were reported stolen on July 6, 2012.  The police confiscated the stolen checks, the heroin, and the heroin cooking supplies.

According to the court records, charges were filed against Herrera on July 18, 2012.  She was charged with felony burglary, theft, and drug possession.  Herrera was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Illades noted that Herrera's bail was set at $23,000.  The court records show that Herrera will have a court hearing on October 31, 2012, and Judge Ariana Fajardo will be presiding over the case.  Herrera’s attorney is Christopher Brochyus.  Along with the judiciary system, Herrera is facing possible strict disciplinary action from the Miami-Dade County School Board.  And according to Illades, the school board has begun an investigation into Herrera’s “extracurricular” activities.







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