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Tuesday, Mar 05 2013 08:24 AM

Vehicle identified in car burglaries on Monday

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A vehicle similar to this white 2013 Kia is believed to be related to car burglaries at Tompkins Elementary School in Tehachapi on March 4.

The Tehachapi Police Dept. has issued an alert, asking local residents to be on the lookout for a vehicle suspected of being related to car burglaries within the city yesterday.

According to Police Chief Jeff Kermode, an employee of Tehachapi Unified School District at about noon yesterday noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the district office at 300 S. Robinson St.
The car was backed into a parking space between two other cars and two slender male Hispanics were seen looking into parked cars.

When the subjects saw the district employee, they got into the car and drove over the curb, fleeing westbound on "D" Street. TPD officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the car.

A short time later, TPD officers responded to Tompkins Elementary School at 1120 S. Curry St., where two employee cars had been burglarized. While still at the school investigating the crimes, officers learned that a credit card stolen from one of the cars had already been used at the USA gas station on Tucker Road. Surveillance tapes from the gas station indicate that it was the same car that was seen at the school district office.

Later in the day, stolen property from the vehicles at Tompkins Elementary was found behind the Denny’s restaurant in Mojave. Surveillance tapes indicate that the same car was involved.

The suspect vehicle is a new, white, Kia Optima, possibly 2013 model year, paper dealer plate on front, possible unknown California license plate on back. Vehicle believed to be possibly from the California City area.

The suspects are two Hispanic males, possibly in their 20s, both with slender builds.

The Tehachapi Police Department encourages anyone who sees a vehicle matching this description to immediately call police dispatch at 661-821-3239.

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