SAN LEANDRO — The discovery of a latent fingerprint has led to the arrests of two teenagers in connection with a series of burglaries at public schools, police said Wednesday.
Those burglaries, at Jefferson, McKinley, Roosevelt, Washington, and Wilson elementary schools, happened in May and June, and losses were Apple iPads and MacBook laptops, police said.
The fingerprint discovered at one crime scene led police to identify a 13-year-old San Leandro resident who formerly attended Washington Elementary and now attends Bancroft Middle School.
On the strength of the fingerprint, police found the teen at home and arrested him, and soon after learned of a second suspect, identified as a fellow 13-year-old Bancroft student who lives in Oakland.
A search of the second suspect’s home yielded several items belonging to the San Leandro Unified School District that apparently were stolen during the burglaries, police said. The second suspect was also arrested.
“We are extremely pleased to have made arrests in these cases and return the items to the classroom where they are much needed,” San Leandro police Lt. Isaac Benabou said.
“It’s unusual for us to arrest such young suspects responsible for a series of burglaries. These are brazen acts, and we hope that their arrests will prevent this behavior in the future.”
Police said the investigation into the burglaries will continue, as more missing items are expected to lead to other suspects.
Anyone with information should call San Leandro police’s criminal investigative division at 510-577-3230, leave anonymous tips at 510-577-3278 or text “TipSLPolice” to 888777.