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Man charged with breaking into his foreclosed home

A Newport Beach man and his lawyer were arraigned Tuesday for allegedly trying to break into his foreclosed home, authorities said.

Rene Hector Zapeda, 72, the former homeowner, retained Michael Theodore Pines, 59, of San Diego as his attorney after losing the Newport Coast house to foreclosure in July 2009.

Prosecutors allege that Pines advised Zapeda that the foreclosure was illegal.

He and his client went to the home at 19 Coral Cay with a locksmith Oct. 13, 2010, after informing the media, Newport Beach police and the real estate agent entrusted with the home that they were going there to repossess it, prosecutors alleges.

When officers arrived, Pines advised Zapeda to enter the home by breaking in through a window, despite officers' warnings that he could be arrested for illegal entry, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Read the full story: Man arraigned for alleged break-in at foreclosed home

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