HESPERIA • A Hesperia High School teacher helped deputies catch two men and three teens after they reportedly broke into the high school Sunday and tried to make off with several stolen items, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.
Gilberto Soto, 18, and Mark DeLeon, 19, of Hesperia plus three other teens were arrested for commercial burglary and receiving stolen property Sunday afternoon after all five were caught with several items taken from the high school, according to a release.
At about 4 p.m., deputies received a call from a teacher who was at Hesperia High School stating he had heard what sounded like breaking glass, officials said. When the teacher left his classroom, he noticed five people jumping out of a classroom window.
The teacher gave sheriff's dispatch good information about the burglars, enabling the sheriff's helicopter crew and deputies John Clough, Robert Schmitt and Mike Cleary to find four of the five burglars, including Soto and DeLeon, the release stated. The fifth person turned themselves in to the Hesperia station a short time later.
Through an investigation, it was learned the five had broken into three classrooms. All of the stolen property was recovered.
It's unclear if any of the five arrested were involved in any of the recent break-ins at other Hesperia Unified School District campuses over spring break.
This school year alone, Hesperia elementary schools have been hit by burglars nearly two dozen times, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's and school reports, causing more than $100,000 in damage.