Police made arrests last week in connection with a burglary at Los Banos High School.
On April 14 authorities arrested Jonathan Mendez and Dre Braswell, both 18, of Los Banos, on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and criminal conspiracy. Mendez is at the John Latoracca Correctional Facility in lieu of $30,000 bail. Braswell has posted bail and is no longer in custody.
Authorities allege on March 23 the pair broke several windows and accessed school buildings, making off with laptop computers, cameras and other items. Detective Ramon McDonald reportedly discovered that the teens, who were both students at the school, were trying to sell the items over the Internet. Most of the stolen property is believed to have been sold, but detectives did recover one stolen laptop computer valued at $1,200, police said. .
“It’s unfortunate that these men would steal from their own school. The ones most impacted are the hardworking students who rely on this equipment to further their education,” Cmdr. Jason Hedden said.
Police Chief Gary Brizzee is asking whomever may have purchased the school property to bring it back.
“The stolen laptop computers were engraved LBUSD on the bottom. If anyone has unknowingly purchased a stolen laptop computer, you can turn it into the Police Department, no questions asked. We just want the property returned,” Brizzee said.
Anyone with information about this incident or others is encouraged to contact Detective Ramon McDonald at (209) 827-7070 ext. 117 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070 ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the Internet, you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at www.losbanos.org. At the bottom of the “Contact” page, simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1(855) 725-2420 or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org.