Suspects in School Burglary Arrested at Border Patrol Checkpoint

San Diego County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating if three Riverside County men are involved in a spree of burglaries targeting schools.

An alert Border Patrol agent may have provided a major clue for detectives investigating the thefts of iPads and other computers from schools in San Diego County over the last month.

Just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, three men in a black Lexus drove up to the Border Patrol checkpoint on I-15 near Temecula and were directed to a secondary-inspection area due to nervous behavior, said Border Patrol spokesman Jerome Conlin.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted the presence of drugs, and a search of the car turned up a trace amount of marijuana, Conlin said. A further search turned up approximately 30 pieces of electronic equipment that had bar codes from Del Mar Heights Elementary School.

According to the Border Patrol, agents also found bolt cutters, a rubber mallet, flashlights and gloves.

The Border Patrol detained the three Riverside County men and notified the San Diego Police Department about the discovery, said Lt. Andra Brown. Officers were sent to Del Mar Heights Elementary and confirmed that the school had been broken into, Brown said.

San Diego police officers traveled to the Temecula checkpoint and took the three suspects into custody, along with the electronics and the Lexus. Brown said police arrested Eyon Zimmerman, 19; Thomas Earl Burleson, 20; and Trevor Williams, 21.

Reports of school burglaries targeting iPads and laptops began in late December, with Cardiff Elementary broken into on Dec. 30. Since then at least five other similar cases have been reported in North County, with the latest in Valley Center last weekend.

Sheriff’s detectives have questioned the three suspects to determine if they are involved in other school burglaries, said Sgt. Clayton Lisk.

The suspects were booked into San Diego Central Jail on several felonies, including second-degree burglary and participating in a gang felony. Bail for all three was set at $100,000.

SA January 31, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Not good at all shut it down please! I am totally in favor of meth, thieves (I really like the ones that pilfer from children) and illegal aliens that take from taxpaying citizens which happen to be my favorite.... Bravo to the K9 that assisted in arresting those punks...
Brenda January 31, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Ditto Ditto JJ and SA
john blackwood January 31, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Isnt that just a shame . Why not just work for it .These people have to steal .
john blackwood January 31, 2013 at 11:09 PM
I see guys working in the orange fields all day .Its better to work hard than having to look behind you all the time .There is no such thing as a bad kid .Just bad parents.
Bob Dole February 19, 2013 at 06:13 AM
sure "Goey", whatever you say. just show your green card first.


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