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Two Arrested in Elementary School Thefts

Two Temecula residents are free on bail after being arrested in connection to a string of thefts of teacher's wallets and purses at local elementary schools.

Two people have been arrested in connection to a string of thefts from teacher’s purses at three Temecula area schools, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

John Villaran, 21 and Kristy Manriquez, 22, both of Temecula, were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of burglary, credit card theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy, sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin McDonald said.  

The thefts occurred at Temecula, Tony Tobin and Luiseno elementary schools. 

``Investigators learned credit cards that were stolen with the wallets
were used throughout Temecula to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise.  The investigators were able to develop suspect information at these retail outlets that ultimately led to the identification of the suspects in this
case,'' McDonald said.   

Villaran and Manriquez are expected to be arraigned March 16 at the
Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.   

Both are currently free after posting bail.

TemMom951 January 25, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I'm confused as to how they stole purses from teachers while at school. Did they work there?
Jessica January 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I heard from the teachers about the robberies. I thought it was just some kids whose parents didn't teach them better. Looks like in this case it was the adults (parents?) that needed to learn the lesson.
Don W January 26, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I believe they mingled with kids/parents as kids came to school. You can bet staff will have an eye out for adults without kids now.
JJ Mclure January 26, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Beaners I tell you
Winchester Collection January 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Tell me more about yourself JJ Mclure. Do any recent hangings or burnings? Obviously you are not a native of our great state of California. Why don't you take your racist attitude back to the region of the world you came from! Yes I am glad these guys are in jail. School officials need to ensure that adults are not allowed to roam the schools without guides or supervisors. PROTECT THE KIDS not the wallets!!

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