A man who trashed a South Bay high school cafeteria during a Thanksgiving Day break-in and tried to set it on fire was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and placed on three years probation.

Azteco Frankie Soto, 26, pleaded guilty in March to burglary and arson charges.

Chula Vista High School. Photo credit: cvh/sweetwaterschools.org

Soto was jailed on charges arising from a Dec.1 San Diego liquor store burglary when he was re-arrested Jan. 3 in  connection with the break-in at Chula Vista High School.

A video camera recorded images of an intruder using a skateboard to smash a lunchroom window to get in, then dumping food and containers of seasoning onto the floor and starting a fire, according to Chula Vista police.

During the 40-minute arson and vandalism spree, the man also turned off the electricity, ruining refrigerated foods, CVPD Capt. Lon Turner said. The loss was estimated at $5,000.

Detectives recovered fingerprints from the scene of the crime. They led to Soto.

Soto told police that he was drunk and hungry when he broke in, according to authorities.

– City News Service

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