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Suspects Steal Combined $25K Worth of Tools, Equipment in North County: SDSO

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

Authorities are searching for a group of suspects who stole a combined $25,000 worth of equipment and tools from a North County school and farm. 

The first break-in happened in the early hours of Wednesday, June 21, when the suspects drove up to Sullivan Middle School, on the 7300 block of West Lilac Road in Bonsall, San Diego County Sheriff Department (SDSO) Detective Steven Ashkar said. 

In the surveillance video, two men can be seen driving a late model gray or tan Chevrolet or GMC cab pickup truck onto campus. 

The suspects broke into two storage units and the school's maintenance office, stealing an estimated $10,000 worth of tools and equipment. Then, the suspects fled. 

The following week, sometime between 7 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, the same colored truck can be seen driving up to Kendall Farms on the 4200 block of White Lilac Road in Rainbow in the surveillance video. Four masked men can be seen riding inside the car. 

The suspects apparently cut a lock on the gate and broke into the farm, deputies said. The man also cut a wire to the farm's alarm system. 

The men broke into a barn and stole more than $15,000 in landscaping tools, deputies said. They left $2,000 in damage to the property. 

No further information is available.

If you recognize any of the suspects in these two burglaries, call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200. You can also call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.

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