Sacto 9-1-1
October 29, 2010
24 computers stolen from two schools recovered; suspect arrested

By Cathy Locke
clocke@sacbee.com

Twenty-four of 92 computers stolen from two schools in the Twin Rivers School District in August have been recovered, and one person has been arrested in connection with the burglaries.

Thirty laptop computers were stolen from Madison Elementary School in North Highlands on Aug. 10 and 62 laptops were taken from Dry Creek Elementary School in an Aug. 17 burglary. The laptops, with a total value of approximately $161,000, were used by students as a learning tool and for other activities, according to a Twin Rivers Police Department news release.

An investigation by a Twin River's detective assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi Tech Crimes Task Force led to the recovery of 24 of the computers taken from Dry Creek Elementary. They were located in 18 jurisdictions, including Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, Elk Grove, Davis, Nevada City, Olivehurst, Marysville, Yuba City, Beale Air Force Base and as far away as Las Vegas and Arizona, officials said. Officials said the recovered computers have a total value of $42,000.

Alan Sutton, 34, of Sacramento was arrested Sept. 15 on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property in connection the Dry Creek burglary, said Officer William Cho, Twin Rivers Police Department spokesman.

Cho said the investigation is continuing, and other people are being sought in connection with the burglaries.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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