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Spring break school burglar sentenced to 1 year in jail

Posted: May 2, 2013 5:07 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2013 5:07 p.m.

A 20-year-old suspected gang member arrested for spring break school burglaries in the Santa Clarita Valley was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said Thursday.

Gonzalo Daniel Ortiz of Newhall, one of two people arrested April 19 in connection with four school burglaries, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty to one count of second-degree commercial burglary, said Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Ortiz was sentenced to 365 days in Los Angeles County jail and placed on three years formal probation, she said.
He was also ordered to pay fines and restitution.

Ortiz was held without bail at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic due to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold, according to a press release issued this week by Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

A 17-year-old male, who cannot be identified because he is a minor, was also arrested in connection with the school burglaries.

The arrests were made after local detectives appealed to the public for help in the investigation April 10, releasing grainy stills taken from surveillance video on a school campus.

Four schools — Hart High, Sierra Vista Junior High, Newhall Elementary and Old Orchard Elementary schools — were burglarized some time between March 29 and April 5, when schools were largely empty because of spring break.

Detectives are pursuing the possibility that other suspects are involved, Dubin said.
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