MESA, Ariz. - Two suspects linked to a string of school break-ins are behind bars after surveillance by Mesa Public Schools security officers led to their arrests.
Last week, staff members arrived at Zaharis Elementary, near McKellips and Usery Pass roads, to find vandalism and missing items, including prescription medication from the health office, laptop computers and cash.
District security staff members spotted a vehicle backed up to a school office and followed the suspects as they fled until Mesa police picked up the pursuit by car and by helicopter.
The suspects crashed their vehicle and fled on foot, but police were able to arrest the two males, Shawn Meeker, 18, and Philip Fornraser, 19.
Inside the vehicle police found items taken from the school earlier in the week.
Fornraser and Meeker were arrested on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage-related offenses.
Mesa police have information linking Fornraser to other burglaries at Mesa schools.