Suspects Sought in 2 School Burglaries

In both cases, Apple computers were stolen from schools in Rancho Santa Fe

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    NBC 7's Todd Strain reports

    Deputies are searching for the suspects involved in two recent burglaries at schools in Rancho Santa Fe.

    According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, both schools targeted in the burglaries were robbed of several Apple computers.

    Detectives say the first school burglary happened at Rancho Diegueno Country School located at 15663 Circo Diegueno Road sometime between Jul. 1 and Jul. 5.

    In that case, an unknown suspect entered the school’s computer lab through a broken window and stole seven Apple iMac computers. The loss in that burglary is estimated at $9,100, deputies said.

    The second school burglary happened Thursday around 4 a.m. at the Solana Santa Fe Elementary School located at 6570 El Apajo.

    It too involved a broken window and the theft of school computers.

    Deputies responded to the school after the alarm system went off. When deputies arrived, they noticed a broken window in one of the buildings.

    An unknown suspect or suspects had stolen six Apple iMac computers and an Apple projector unit. Altogether, the equipment stolen from the school is valued at more than $9,000.

    As of Thursday night, detectives have not identified a suspect in either burglary. Deputies still don’t know whether the incidents are connected.

    Anyone with information on either case should contact the Sheriff’s Department’s 4S Ranch Substation at (858) 521-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

    Late last year, six schools in San Diego’s North County were targeted in similar burglaries. The thieves in those cases broke through windows and stole iPads from different schools.

    The suspects – who were part of a gang – were eventually captured and arrested.

    Back in February, Steve Walker with the District Attorney’s office said there had been several other school break-ins since November 2012 that included thefts of 123 iPads and 115 Apple laptops from campuses.