Two Men Arrested for Stealing 19 Laptops During Middle School Burglary
SPRING HILL – Thanks to surveillance video, two would-be burglars didn’t get away with stealing several laptops from a local middle school.
On July 7th, 2018, a trail-goer noticed a stack of 14 laptops placed in a tree line along the Suncoast Trail, directly behind Powell Middle School. Deputies quickly discovered that the laptops belonged to the Hernando County School District and were stolen from Powell Middle School, earlier that same morning. ORIGINAL RNRF ARTICLE
While viewing surveillance video, Detectives notices two suspects inside the school who were later identified as 22-year-old Brandon Pestana and 21-year-old Justin Hopkins.
Pestana was taken into custody on July 13thwithout incident. Pestana turned over 5 additional laptops that were taken during the same burglary.
On July 14th, Deputies spotted Hopkins getting out of a vehicle inside the Hibiscus Springs Apartment complex. When Hopkins spotted Deputies, he fled on foot into a nearby wooded area but surrendered a short time later.
A total of 19 laptops valued at $9,500 were stolen from the school.
Each suspect is charged with Commercial Burglary and held on a $5,000 bond.
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