ORANGE ( — Authorities are investigating the overnight theft of 15 circuit breakers at an Orange County elementary school.

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The theft at West Orange Elementary School, 243 S. Bush Street, took place around 12:30 a.m. Monday, Orange police said.

An alarm alerted an Orange Unified School District security guard who arrived within minutes to see one suspect fleeing the school.

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Police initially thought the suspects stole copper from the school’s air conditioning system, but it was later determined they only targeted the circuit breakers.

The breakers are valued at around $50 each, resulting in a loss of approximately $750 for the school, police said.

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The thefts left the school without power, but students will return to school from summer break as scheduled Monday morning.

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