2 of 3 Alleged Vandals Sought in Caught-on-Camera Burglaries at 2 Glendale Schools Arrested
Two of three alleged vandals wanted for breaking into two schools in Glendale were arrested Thursday.
Police have identified all three vandals sought in the March 12 break-ins, according to a news release from the Glendale Police Department.
Two of the alleged suspects, an adult and a juvenile were arrested, while the third, who is also a juvenile, was still being sought, the release stated.
The first break-in occurred around 1:45 a.m. at Toll Middle School on Glenwood Road, said police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
Surveillance video showed the three intruders with their faces partially masked roaming the hallways carrying hammers and pry bars.
One of the vandals disabled several security cameras by hitting them with a hammer, the video showed.
The trio forced their way into about 20 classrooms and offices where they searched for valuables, Lightfoot said.
Most of the locked rooms were entered by smashing the door windows and reaching in to open the door, police said.
Cash was taken from one office. Losses from the classrooms were unknown, according to Lightfoot, who added that damage to the school was estimated at approximately $20,000.
Later the same morning, between 4:10 and 4:23 a.m., the same suspects burglarized nearby Mark Keppel Elementary School, Lightfoot said. At Keppel Elementary, approximately four classrooms were broken into on the first floor and cash was taken.
The trio was also believed to be responsible for committing similar crimes on March 22 at two other Glendale Unified schools located in La Crescenta, police stated.
Investigators said a tip resulting from the release of the surveillance footage led to one of the alleged vandals.
Detectives then searched through the suspect’s social media accounts to positively identify the other two vandals, according to the release.
The adult suspect, identified as 19-year-old Christian Padilla from Pasadena remained in custody.