A large number of iPads were stolen from a Del Mar Heights school Wednesday and the culprits were nabbed at a highway checkpoint before they could get away with the loot.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents stopped three men at the Temecula checkpoint on northbound Interstate 15 and uncovered the stolen iPads with serial numbers that connected them to Del Mar Heights School.
San Diego police are investigating the break-in at the elementary school on Boquita Drive. When officers arrived they found shattered glass on one classroom door.
Six schools in San Diego's North County have been targeted in a series of school burglaries since Dec. 29.
Officials have not confirmed these suspects are responsible in earlier thefts at Oak Glen High School in Valley Center, Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas, Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach, Ada Harris Elementary School in Cardiff, or Cardiff Elementary School.
At least a dozen schools have been burglarized since Thanksgiving in Carlsbad, Poway, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Lakeside.
Thieves have been stealing Apple products, such as iMacs and iPads, from schools according to a San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokesperson.
Check back for updates on this developing story.