THREE CHARGED IN GADSDEN SCHOOL BURGLARIES

THREE CHARGED IN GADSDEN SCHOOL BURGLARIES

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies have charged three teens in connection with a string of burglaries in the Gadsden School District that occurred while the schools were closed for the Thanksgiving break.

Deputies responded to a call Nov. 28 after school personnel at Mesquite Elementary School returned from the holiday break to find several items missing, including some electronics. After the stolen items were reported, a student came forward with a possible suspect, Francisco Medina, 15.

Investigators questioned Medina, who reportedly told deputies he was responsible for the burglaries and was hiding the stolen property in his closet at home. Medina also is alleged to have committed other burglaries at North Valley Elementary, Gadsden Middle School and Desert Pride Academy. During questioning, Medina also led investigators to two accomplices in the rash of break-ins, Carlos Barraza, 16, and Daniel Saucedo, 15.

Deputies have charged Medina and Saucedo with six counts of conspiracy to commit non-residential burglary, tampering with evidence, and six counts of larceny. Barraza is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit non-residential burglary, tampering with evidence and two counts of larceny. All three are being held in the Doña Ana County Juvenile Detention Center .

The stolen property has been recovered. After a recent spike in school burglaries in the South Valley, these three arrests bring to a close the majority of those cases.