Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Career Offenders, Burglary and Robbery Apprehension Team are seeking public assistance in identifying two people of interest thought to be responsible for four separate incidents of school burglary that occurred over the spring break between Friday, March 29 and Friday, April 5.
Photos were captured from a surveillance camera at Hart High School during the early morning hours on April 5. The photos depict one of the two men believed to have stolen items from inside the administration building during the Hart High School burglary.
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Deputies have been briefed on these burglary incidents and will continue extra directed patrols at our schools and surrounding
Residents are asked to immediately report and suspicious persons or vehicles on or around school campuses, especially during off school hours and weekends. If you see a flashlight or cell phone light on a school campus during the night time or early morning hours, call 911.
With 6 school districts, more than 70 public and private schools, and a student body population in excess of 50,000 students in the Santa Clarita Valley, protecting each school is no small task. As the investigations continue, the Sheriff’s Station is asking anyone with information regarding these crimes or the man pictured to call detectives with the COBRA team at 661-255-1121. For anonymous tips, please call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are currently reviewing video from campus security cameras at the junior high and high school, and they’re in the process of identifying the suspects, said Gail Pinsker, Hart district spokeswoman.
The breakins at Hart and Sierra Vista happened during spring break, which was April 1-5 for the Hart district. The elementary schools were broken into early morning on March 31.
At the elementary schools, the thieves stole “a couple of laptops” at each site, as well as “a lot of senseless trashing of office space,” said Marc Winger, Newhall School District superintendent.
At Hart high and Sierra Vista Junior High, school staff members were still conducting an inventory to figure out exactly what was stolen, Pinsker said. She didn’t have a dollar amount available for the damage and losses.
“The Sheriff’s Department is working with us on this, and we hope to find the perpetrators,” Pinsker said.
“No suspects at this time, it’s an ongoing investigation,” said Detective Norian of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “There’s some film, but nobody’s been identified.”
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At Newhall and Old Orchard, it appears as though the vandals, who also made off with a checkbook for the school’s Associated Student Body, were looking for more valuables.
“I don’t know if that was incidental or the same party,” Winger added.
“(The Sheriff’s Department) has been great in stepping up patrols, and we know they’re actively looking into it,” Winger said. “They were all over it as soon as we called.”
Winger said the schools have taken several steps in regard to security to prevent a repeat measures, but there was a more troubling concern.
Some times, the cost of ongoing security may outweigh the loss of valuables, he said.
“It really angers us when this happens, but it’s hard to make those decisions, as far as how much you armor these sites,” Winger said. “We’re in the midst of all that right now.”
- UPDATED: Deputies Seek Public Assistance In Identifying School Burglars
- Source: Santa Clarita News