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School Burglar Arrested

Investigators arrested Jaime Mendoza in his Watsonville home Friday morning.

Santa Cruz Sheriff's investigators made an arrest on Friday related to multiple school burglaries across the county last week.

At 9 a.m., investigators arrested Jaime Mendoza, 31, at his Watsonville home after it was determined that he was responsible for the . 

According to Sheriff's Deputy April Skalland, Mendoza was charged with two counts of felony burglary, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail and had bail set at $25,000.

"Mar Vista Elementary School’s library window was smashed to gain entry and the suspect tried to steal numerous computers," Skalland said last week. "The computers were chained together and the suspect was unable to steal anything, but there was considerable damage that occurred during the attempt to steal the computers."

At Live Oak Elementary, a computer and a printer were stolen from the staff lounge, and other parts of the school were attempted to be entered as well.

Mike Donegan December 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
What sort of scum robs a school? Same type of person who enjoys spitting on babies and pushing elderly ladies down to the ground.
David H. Perez December 08, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I think the guy needs to get a life and get a job - as soon as he gets out of prison.
Wow what could it be December 08, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I hate to say it but many of our local low life gang/beret types consider crimes against schools and other public agencies as victimless crimes as they some how believe that government monies fall from the sky. I guess this comes from a welfare mentality where no one ever pays taxes so everything just seems to be free like cheese.
Jane December 08, 2012 at 05:41 AM
If you need to preface a statement with "I hate to say it," then do yourself a favor and just don't say it.
Lolololo December 08, 2012 at 05:57 AM
O yes, we will obey the Patch Police enforcer, Jane, lol...
Lolololo December 08, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I hate to say it(lol) but this guy is the lowest type of scum. I also hate to say it but wow might be on to something.
Mary Furlong December 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I just tried to "flag as inapproriate" the previous comment, nothing happened!
Erik Orgell December 09, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Glad they caught this jerk. People who rob from schools are a special kind of scum. Our schools are already over-pressed by budget cuts, stealing from from them is like pouring salt in the wound.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Mary, the inappropriate comment has been deleted. Thanks for the heads up.

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