Irvine Police Department Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE
Contact : Julia Engen, Commander 949-724-7112, firstname.lastname@example.org
IRVINE, CA (October 7, 2014): At 7:30 a.m. on October 7. Irvine Police Detectives arrested Thomas Kirkpatrick (10-14-62) of Irvine as he returned to the scene of an early morning burglary.
Just before 5:00 a.m. this morning, an Irvine Unified School District security officer investigating suspicious circumstances confronted Kirkpatrick as he exited a classroom on the campus of Canyon View Elementary School. The security officer quickly snapped a photograph of Kirkpatrick who immediately fled, leaving what was believed to be his motorcycle behind. The security officer notified the Irvine Police Department and officers began a search of the area.
After failing to locate Kirkpatrick uniformed officers left the scene. Plain clothes detectives set up surveillance on the motorcycle and waited. At approximately 7:30a.m., vehicles began arriving for the school day, detectives spotted Kirkpatrick approaching the parking lot and took him into custody without incident. Cash, food and a gift card had been stolen from the classroom. Detectives are currently investigating the possibility Kirkpatrick might be connected to a series of similar burglaries of school campuses in recent weeks.
Since April, 2014, there have been ten burglaries at six school sites. The method of entry in these cases is similar, doors were pried open. Loss from these burglaries included: electronics, cash and food.
Anyone with information regarding these cases should contact the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7200.
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