NEWARK -- Newark police say they arrested an 18-year-old man on Saturday for stealing nearly $4,000 worth of property from Lincoln Elementary School.

Police say they caught Maxx Moran rifling through a teacher's desk in a classroom at the Bettencourt Street school on Saturday morning while investigating reports of a suspicious person on campus.

Officers detained Moran in classroom No. 23 and he later admitted to breaking inside, police said.

A search of Moran's car netted stolen items valued at approximately $3,595, including two computers, two monitors, two keyboards and a laptop.

Moran was booked into jail on burglary charges.

"This is a perfect example of when the community and the police department work together," a news release said. "The Newark Police Department encourages community members to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods."

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.



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