LANCASTER – An elementary school in east Lancaster was locked down for a short time Wednesday morning after a suspected thief ran onto the campus to escape deputies.
Linda Verde School was placed on lockdown around 10:30 a.m. for the safety of students and staff. The 17-year-old burglary suspect ultimately ran through the campus and was captured in a nearby open field.
The teen is currently being held without bail at Juvenile Hall.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station.
Shortly after 10A a.m. Wednesday, Lancaster Station received a “burglar alarm” call at a residence located in the 44700 block of 6th Street East. When the deputy arrived, he learned that a male black suspect was seen running from the rear yard of the location.
The deputy used his radio to notify responding units of the suspect’s description and last seen direction.
Seconds later, the suspect was seen running onto the campus of Linda Verde School, located at 44924 5th Street East.
For the safety of the students and staff, the school was placed on immediate lock down. Ultimately the suspect ran through the campus and into an open field south of the school near Lancaster Blvd where he was arrested.
Deputies recovered several stolen items from inside a backpack the suspect was carrying. All of the stolen items have been returned to the victim.
The suspect, a 17 year old juvenile, was booked at Lancaster station and transferred to Juvenile Hall where he is being held without bail.