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Safety, Risk & Benefits :: Weblog :: Community UPDATE: Arrest Made in Santa Clarita Spring Break School Burglaries. Property Recovered. Investigation On-Going.

April 26, 2013

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station's Career Offenders, Burglary, and Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) team asked for the public’s assistance in identifying two people of interest thought to be responsible for four separate incidents of school burglary that occurred over the spring break between Friday, March 29, 2013 and Friday, April 05, 2013. 

News media, including network television news programs, aired surveillance video and photos caught by school camera systems. The photos depicted one of the two men believed to have stolen items from inside the administration building during the Hart High School burglary. Detectives began receiving tips from our proactive and involved Santa Clarita residents. Detectives were able to use the information obtained from the public to develop suspect information. 

On Friday, April 19, 2013, during the early morning hours, Gonzalo Ortiz, a 20 year-old male and suspected gang member from Santa Clarita, was arrested along with a 17 year-old male in connection with the school burglaries. Suspect Ortiz is being held without bail, due to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. He is scheduled to appear in North Valley Superior Court on Wednesday, May 01, 2013. 

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station have continued to follow leads and investigative trails in the case. As a result, additional search warrants have been issued and served at other Santa Clarita locations. Those search warrants have resulted in the recovery of some of the stolen school property. 

The investigation is continuing as detectives work to keep our schools and community safe. Fortunately, high resolution cameras on many of our school campuses are also assisting in making it extremely difficult for these late night criminals to get away without detection. “We will not tolerate criminals victimizing our schools and disrupting the educational process,” said Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “We will utilize our school and community partnerships and available resources to apprehend and prosecute these individuals. The safety of our schools is always a top priority for the men and women of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station,” concluded Becker. 
Original Story - https://local.nixle.com/alert/4984752/ 

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