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2nd Suspect Arrested in School Thefts

Seventeen campuses across the Capistrano Unified School District have been targeted, with thieves stealing thousands in electronic equipment.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a second man believed to be responsible for a series of break-ins at 17 campuses throughout the .

The search continues for more possible suspects.

Thursday night, sheriff’s deputies in Mission Viejo arrested Edgar Saldivar, 19, on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, when, they say, he confessed his involvement in the school thefts, said Gail Krause, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.

“During the interview, he admitted to the portable burglaries at schools in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano,” Krause said.

Since school ended June 21, . Portable classrooms have been a favorite target.

Deputies believe the burglars absconded with “thousands of dollars” in electronic equipment, officials have said. They set up surveillance at several campuses last weekend in hopes of catching the suspects.

Saldivar is the second suspect deputies have linked to the crime. The first was Diego Armando Avila Magana, 23, of San Juan Capistrano. It was not immediately known in which city Saldivar lives.

A search of court records shows that Saldivar had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a drug charge, possession of a controlled substance, to which he pleaded guilty March 29, 2011.

The schools hit in San Juan Capistrano were  and the four public elementary schools: , ,  and .

The five Mission Viejo schools broken into were ,  and three elementaries: ,  and .

Aliso Viejo’s four schools targeted were , ,  and .

The three Laguna Niguel schools hit were   and 

Yeparoo July 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Penny - Wow, 17 campuses. That's terrible. Hopefully the equipment is moved to more secure buildings for the rest of the summer. Some of the electronic equipment at these schools are paid for with fundraised dollars. Any idea if the thefts are covered by district insurance or how much of the equipment was recovered?
Eric Bergstrom July 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
He was pretty busy for wasted, burned out loser.
Eric Bergstrom July 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
...Allegedly
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
LOL, thanks for the edit! Yep, I asked for further comment from CUSD but haven't heard. I will find out if anything's been recovered. That's a good question. I *think* they're self-insured for these kinds of incidents.
Ken Lopez Maddox July 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Despite so many incidents being linked to one individual it is likely the suspects will plea bargain this out. The multiple crimes will be rolled into one case resulting in a much shorter jail or prison sentence. It is not uncommon in these kinds of situations for the burglar or their friends to wait for the stolen items to be replaced so they can be stolen again.
Pamela Ortega July 15, 2012 at 09:41 AM
I'm ashamed to say that I know who those two indiduals are. Does not surprise me that they were on meth..knowing that Diego also uses meth..

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