LANCASTER (CBSLA.ccom) — Deputies have arrested five suspected White Power gang members for burglarizing an Antelope Valley high school and stealing more than $15,000 worth of property.
David Van Rossum and four teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities believe the suspects broke into Eastside High School, 3200 E. Avenue J-8, on Sunday and caused approximately $22,000 in damage to classrooms.
It was unclear what led detectives to the suspects, but when they were arrested, deputies found several stolen items at three Lancaster homes.
“Detectives recovered eight guitars, five amplifiers, and some school clothing,” Dep. Miguel Ruiz said. “Still outstanding are multiple Eastside High School clothing items with black and purple colors, one desktop computer, one laptop computer, 12 electric and acoustic guitars, and a sound mixer.”
The suspects were arrested for burglary and felony vandalism, authorities said.
Van Rossum was being held on $20,000 bail. A 17-year-old suspect was booked at the Sylmar Juvenile Detention Center, while the remaining three suspects were released to their parents, officials said.
“Only one of the male juveniles was a current Eastside High School student and the remaining were former students,” Dep. Ruiz said.
Additional gang-related charges are also pending.
Anyone with information to help recover the outstanding stolen items should contact Lancaster Station Detective Horning at (661)948-8466.