Four suspected in Santa Fe Springs middle school break-in

SANTA FE SPRINGS — Police arrested a group of teenagers late Tuesday on suspicion of breaking into a a middle school and stealing a cash register, a bicycle and other items, authorities said.
Michael Figueroa and Kristine Valladares, both 18 of Norwalk, were arrested along with two 17-year-old Norwalk girls, Whittier police Sgt. Brent Anderson said.
Officers responded to a burglary alarm about 11:30 p.m. at Lake Center Middle School, 10503 Pioneer Blvd., when they spotted three people walking away from the school, the sergeant said.
“One of them was in possession of a cash register,” he added.
After detaining the suspects, police found they had clothing, office supplies and several items that appeared to have been stolen from the school’s student store, Anderson said.
Further investigation led police to a fourth suspect, who was arrested in Norwalk and found to be in possession of a bicycle believed stolen from the school, he added.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Figueroa and Valladares were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each. Information was not available regarding their initial court appearance, however criminal suspects held in custody are generally brought before a judge for arraignment within two working days of arrest.

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