Computer Thefts Arrested
updated: May 08, 2013, 1:28 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
After an investigation that took several months and involved numerous search
warrants, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detectives tracked down 26-year-old
Andre Clayton of Hemet, CA, who was arrested on May 5th in Hemet with the
assistance of the Hemet Police Department. Clayton was a suspect wanted in
connection with breaking into the computer lab at Vieja Valley School in Santa
Barbara on January 24th and stealing $10,000 worth of computer equipment. He
is also believed to be involved in two subsequent burglaries at Laguna Blanca
School just days later on January 26th and on January 29th in which
approximately $15,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen.
Clayton and other members of a documented gang out of Riverside County are
suspected of committing school burglaries throughout Southern California
beginning in November 2012. The investigation revealed that they came to Santa
Barbara during their crime spree and specifically targeted Vieja Valley and
Laguna Blanca schools. The suspects were after computers and high value
electronic equipment. Clayton did not act alone and additional suspects are
The Vieja Valley school burglary occurred at around 3:30 in the morning on
January 24th at the campus located at 434 Nogal Drive. The suspects broke into
the school's computer lab and took off with seven Apple computers and other
equipment. Two days later, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies responded to
Laguna Blanca School located at 4125 Paloma Drive in Hope Ranch. The computer
lab had been broken into overnight and seven laptop computers and other
equipment were stolen. On the 29th, the suspects returned to the computer lab
at Laguna Blanca, broke in, and stole three iMac computers.
Evidence obtained during the investigation linked Clayton to the burglary at the
Vieja Valley School. On February 13th, Sheriff's Detectives served a search
warrant on Clayton's vehicle and found evidence further linking Clayton to the
crimes, as well as a loaded handgun. A search warrant was served on March 12th
at Clayton's residence in Hemet, and additional evidence was seized.
Clayton is charged with burglary, committing a crime to benefit a street gang,
being an active participant in a street gang, carrying a concealed firearm
within a vehicle, being a gang member carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a
loaded firearm and not being the registered owner, and being a gang member
carrying a loaded firearm within a vehicle in public.
Clayton is being held on one million dollars bail at the Riverside County Jail.
He is awaiting transport to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
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