EL CENTRO – On June 15, 2013, at around 5:00 AM, El Centro Police officers responded to an alarm activation at Wilson Junior High School. Once on scene the officers met with a security guard who showed them a number of classroom windows that had been broken and the ransacking of those rooms. Â Additionally a trail of blood leading from the campus to the street was found, indicating the suspect or suspects had injured themselves while committing the break ins. Â No suspects were located during the initial investigation.
Later, at about 6:35 AM, the police department received a burglary call at the campus of Southwest High School. Â There, another security guard had discovered broken windows and ransacking in several classrooms. Â Officers were able to view the campus surveillance video system, and 2 suspects were seen committing the burglary. Â One suspect was immediately identified from the video footage. Â A still image of the second suspect was taken and shown to other officers on duty. Â The second suspect was quickly identified and officers began looking for the suspects. Â Both suspects were teenagers, 14 and 15 years old.
“Through diligent police work, both suspects were in custody by 9 PM,” said Commander Jeff Mason. Â “Our interviews of the suspects were fruitful, their statements placed them at both campuses and the video evidence gives us a strong case for prosecution”, said Mason.
The juvenile suspects were taken to the Imperial County Juvenile Detention Center, and charged with burglary and vandalism.