Two men were behind bars today after their arrests on suspicion of burglarizing Chaparral High School in Temecula, and police believe they were also involved with two other school burglaries.
Sheriff's deputies responded around 3:20 a.m. Monday to a burglar alarm at the school at 27215 Nicolas Rd. and found two suspects hiding inside, said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald. One suspect -- identified as Adam Macciocchi, 22, of Temecula -- was taken into custody but the other escaped, he said.
"Officers checked the campus and learned the suspects broke into the school and were loading property to steal when they were interrupted...," McDonald said.
Investigators learned the name of the second suspect, identified as 26- year-old Dustin Harris of Temecula, and arrested him later in the afternoon, McDonald said.
Search warrants served at both men's residences "uncovered evidence from two previous burglaries" at Temecula Valley High School at 31555 Rancho Vista Road and Chaparral High School, McDonald said.
Macciocchi and Harris were booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where each was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail, according to sheriff's online jail records.
The suspects were due in court in Murrieta on Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department.
"Additional charges are anticipated regarding the other two burglaries...," McDonald said.
Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact sheriff's
Investigator Brett Devine at (951) 696-3000.--City News Service