Pair busted in San Ramon school theft may be linked to similar crime in Danville

Both incidents involved theft of electronics from elementary schools

Two men arrested this week outside a San Ramon elementary school are also being considered "persons of interest" in a similar recent crime at an elementary school in Danville.

Malik Bailey, 18, of Suisun, and Emanuel Salinas, 21, of San Francisco were detained early Wednesday morning after police responded to an alarm indicating a burglary in progress at Walt Disney Elementary School. More than 50 pieces of electronics were recovered at the scene, according to San Ramon police.

The circumstances appeared similar to what occurred when nearly three-dozen iPads were stolen from John Baldwin Elementary School last month, but investigators have not found any evidence to directly tie Bailey and Salinas to the Danville incident, according to Danville Police Sgt. Jason Haynes.

"They are being considered persons of interest," Haynes said Thursday.

The duo's arrest in San Ramon occurred after police arrived at Walt Disney around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday and spotted flashlight beams moving near the entrance. Bailey was found hiding behind a pillar near the school cafeteria and was taken into custody, according to police.

A second subject fled toward the back of the school. A K-9 officer found Salinas about a half-mile away on Pebble Place, police said.

During the search for the second subject, officers reportedly found three duffel bags containing 32 Apple iPads, 19 MacBooks and a Mac mini. Police said they also recovered three crowbars and a set of bolt cutters around the perimeter of the school.

The break-in was apparently the result of forced entry into the school's technology center through an exterior door, police said.

Once inside, the thieves used bolt cutters to break into locked storage cabinets where the devices were kept, according to police.

Bailey was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and Salinas was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and parole violation. Both were booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Danville police are investigating the possibility of a link between the two school thefts, in part because similar methods were used in both incidents, Haynes said.

The John Baldwin theft, in which 32 iPads were stolen, reportedly occurred after someone broke into a fifth-grade classroom around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.


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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:36 am

How did they know where to find the computers and tablets? There must a link to the school(s). They know someone who works there or for some company that services the schools. I'll assume they're not getting tips from grammar school children.

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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 7, 2014 at 7:06 am

Congratulations to the San Ramon Police for great work !!

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

Listen to what LMP is saying...These things do not just happen.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

PS...Yes...good job SRPD...

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

"Persons of Interest" in the Baldwin robbery? Ya think?!?

LMP: Good question. I would have bet big money that the perps were local. It's not certain these are the same two goons who ripped off Baldwin, but your question applies at either school.

Perhaps one answer, at least in part, is that some of the individual teacher's web pages might have mentioned their students using I-pads. My kid has been at both Greenbrook and Baldwin, and that could be how criminals from so far away knew approximately where to look. Or, there could still be a local 3rd party involved. Dumb luck (as far as which classroom to break into) seems very unlikely.

Either way, thanks San Ramon police for showing up in time to nail Abbott & Costello. Hope they can be tied to Baldwin if they are the same creeps.

A nice story to read on this wet Friday.

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