SANTA ANA- Two men were arrested in connection with the theft of Apple brand electronics from Hazard Elementary School in two separate incidents.
The first burglary occurred between November 22nd and 26th, with the second following its tail in dating between November 26th and December 2nd , according to Santa Ana Police. The two burglaries resulted in a total of 69 Apple iPads gone missing in addition to nine Apple iMac laptop computers; a value of about $55,000.
Following investigation of the incident, police officers were able to find 18 of the iPads as well as all nine of the IMac laptop computers at a computer repair shop on the 2600 block of West 17th Street.
Through further investigation, detectives located and arrested 38-year old Javier Cruz Perez for possession of stolen property and, after a probation search at Budget Inn, 49-year-old Christopher Erik Clark for possession of stolen property and burglary, both of Santa Ana.
During the arrest of Perez, detectives repossessed 12 additional iPads, and Clark’s arrest resulted in the discovery of 32 iPads. There are seven more iPads that have yet to be located.
Both suspects were booked into Orange County Jail.
The location of the remaining seven iPads is still under investigation in hopes that they are able to be returned to Hazard Elementary School. Authorities ask anyone with information on the case to contact Orange County Crime Support at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.
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