School district official: high school break-in a 'violation of a home'

The break in occurred yesterday afternoon.

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Update: Mary E. Berry, a Desert Sands Unified School District public information officer, has released a statement about the break-in.

"Any event like this is a violation of a 'home;, a safe place that our students go to each day. To have it broken into and vandalized is certainly unsettling to the over 2,000 people who call that school home. "
Berry stated that she will keep KESQ updated on the details about the cost of the damages caused by the acts of vandalism. 


Three juveniles arrested for allegedly vandalizing and stealing property from La Quinta High School.

At around 3:15 pm, La Quinta police officers responded to a report of multiple alarm activations within multiple buildings inside the school.

Officers arrived and discovered that multiple buildings that were vandalized and burglarized. The officers worked with Desert Sands School District security to search the campus, but they were unable to find any suspects.

The search was expanded throughout the city and officers were able to find three male juveniles in possession of stolen school property in the area of Highway 111 and Dune Palms Road. The juveniles were also in possession of property connecting them to several other earlier reported thefts from multiple La Quinta area businesses.

The juveniles were linked to several other thefts at businesses in the area reported early Tuesday morning. The first theft was reported at approximately 12:00 am, at a business located in the 78900 block of Highway 111. The second theft was reported at approximately 1:30 am at a business located in the 79-400 block of Highway 111.

All three juveniles were arrested and booked into the Riverside County Juvenile Hall, located in the city of Indio for burglary and vandalism. The suspects involved are not La Quinta High School students and their names are being withheld because they are juveniles.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer DiMaggio from the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team at (760) 863-8990. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Valley Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP (7867).

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