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IE teen steals fundraiser money from teacher

A 16-year-old and an adult accomplice were arrested for allegedly stealing the proceeds of an elementary school fundraiser in Lake Elsinore on Friday, May 13, 2011.

May 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A teenager was arrested for stealing the proceeds of an elementary school fundraiser in Lake Elsinore.

The teen apparently grabbed a locked cash box holding $1,093.27 out of a teacher's arms and fled.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department found the 16-year-old boy by helicopter. The boy and an 18-year-old accomplice were arrested.

The accomplice, Shane Spalla of Lake Elsinore, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center where he was held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The identity of the boy was not released.

The incident allegedly took place at just after 6 p.m. Friday outside Earl Warren Elementary School, 41221 Rosetta Canyon Drive.

Authorities said the cash box was returned to the teacher.

City News Service contributed to this report.