SAN RAMON -- Two men who used bolt cutters and crowbars to break into an elementary school and tried to steal more than 50 computers and tablets were arrested Wednesday morning, police said.
Officers responding to an alarm at Walt Disney Elementary School interrupted the burglary in progress and arrested Malik Bailey, 18, of Suisun and Emanuel Salinas, 21, of San Francisco, according to Lt. Tom LaRocque.
Officers arrived at the campus at 3250 Pine Valley Road around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday and spotted flashlight beams moving around the entrance to the school. Police found one man, later identified as Bailey, hiding behind a pillar near the school cafeteria and detained him.
Salinas ran to the rear of the school and a police dog was called in to track him. He was located about half-mile away on Pebble Place, a residential neighborhood.
While police were tracking Salinas, officers found three duffel bags filled with 32 Apple iPads, 19 MacBooks and a Mac mini along the route. They also recovered three crowbars and a set of bolt cutters around the perimeter of the school. Officers believe the duo used the crowbars to force their way into the school's technology center through an outside door.
Once inside the two used the bolt cutters to break into locked storage cabinets where the computers are kept when the school is closed.
Bailey was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and Salinas was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and parole violation. Both were booked at the County Jail in Martinez. Police are investigating whether the suspects were involved in similar local burglaries.