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Man arrested in Simi school burglary

June 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 19-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of burglarizing the Simi Valley Adult School and Career Institute at 1880 Blackstock Avenue.Police identified the suspect as Mason Linder of Simi Valley.

Investigators say officers responded to a silent burglary alarm that went off at the school shortly after 3:30 a.m. The first officer arrived within three minutes and quickly noticed a light on in one of the school's offices. The officer also saw a man moving around inside the office.

Other officers set up a perimeter around the school and then ordered the suspect to come out of the building. But instead, police say, Linder ran out of one of the school's back doors. Officers pursued him for about 300 yards before he was tackled. Linder was not injured.

Linder is suspected of breaking a window to access the school. Once inside, police say Linder ransacked the school's offices of cash and cameras. He also is accused of spraying several fire extinguishers inside the building.

All of the money and equipment were recovered.

Authorities put the damage estimate at $4,000.

Linder, was booked for burglary at the East Valley Jail.

Investigators do not believe there are any other suspects.

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