Miami-Dade Kindergarten Teacher Arrested for Burglary, Heroin Found in Car

Reina Herrera, a Miami-Dade kindergarten teacher, was sent to adult timeout this week for attempting to burglarize a home. Herrera, a teacher at Earlington Heights Elementary, had also stolen items from the home twice in May and had a previous burglary arrest in 2010.

Suspected heroin was also found in her car.

A witness spotted Herrera breaking into the home at 3520 SW 59th Ave. on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. Police arrived and arrested the 32-year-old teacher.

Herrera confessed to breaking into the home twice before. She swiped $3,500 on May 10, and then on May 17 took a $1,000 engagement ring and a pearl necklace. It's not known if Herrera knew anyone who lived in the home.

Police also found three bags of what is believed to be heroin in her car, along with a needle, spoon, and tourniquet. Checks worth $600 were also found. Those checks were reported missing June 6.

Herrera had previously been arrested on burglary charges in 2010 but avoided prosecution. She was ordered to undergo court-supervised treatment instead.

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