He Used A Stolen Cell Phone to Make the Threat
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Police Department has made an arrest in a bomb threat incident that put a High School campus on lockdown, and sent students home for the for the rest of the day last Thursday. Police arrested a 14-year-old Harbor High School Student on misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property and making a false bomb threat.
Last Thursday, March 12, the Santa Cruz Regional 911 Center notified Harbor High School administrators about a bomb threat. Santa Cruz Police responded, and after careful collaboration, administrators decided to evacuate the campus.
Parents were contacted and advised of the situation and ask to come and pick up their children. School Administrators, along with the Santa Cruz Police Department and the Santa Cruz Fire Department, conducted a safety check, and at 3 o’clock declared no suspicious devices were found.
A witness came forward and told police that he saw a kid dispose of a cell phone in a garbage can after he was finished with a call. Armed with that information, investigators searched and found the phone in the garbage can on campus. It appears that the cell phone was stolen earlier from a fellow student.
The witness was able to identify the suspect in the case. Later that evening investigators paid a visit to the suspect’s home, where he was with his mother. Police placed the under-aged suspect under arrest and booked him into the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of stolen property and making a false bomb threat, which are both misdemeanors.
The Santa Cruz Police Department and the Harbor High School staff would like to commend the student witness for coming forward with the information.