SBCUSD Police Arrest School Burglars

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District Police Chief Joe Paulino and a cadet discuss the department’s state-of-the-art security system.
Photo courtesy of Corina Borsuk, SBCUSD photographer. Story by Maria Garcia, SBCUSD communications officer.

The quick work of San Bernardino City Unified School District Police officers resulted in the Monday night arrest of three burglars at San Gorgonio High.

At about 10:30 p.m. on June 25, the District’s state-of-the-art alarm system alerted dispatchers to multiple suspects inside the high school’s kitchen and auto shop, who dispatchers then saw on video surveillance. District Police officers arrived to catch two adult men and a juvenile in the act of burglarizing the school.

Upon a search of the kitchen area, officers observed that the locks to the roll up windows had been cut, giving the burglars access to the kitchen. Officers are working to determine what, if anything, was stolen.

In addition to the rapid response of police officers, Assistant Chief Stephen Donahue credited the District’s high-tech alarm and video surveillance system, which was installed with funding from voter-approved bond measure.

The District urges residents, especially those living near SBCUSD schools, to keep an eye out for suspicious activity during the summer, when the majority of schools are closed. Residents who see anything suspicious should call the District Police dispatch center at (909) 388-6130. The public can also provide anonymous tips through the See Something, Say Something Hotline at (909) 388-6043.

“Our police officers and dispatchers work very hard to make sure our schools are safe around the clock,” Donahue said. “When burglars steal from our schools, they steal from our students.”

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