Arrest of 3 burglary suspects sparks lockdown at Saugus High School

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Three men were arrested on suspicion of burglary Wednesday following an early morning break-in at a Saugus drug store.

Shortly before 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to reports of a burglary at the Walgreens on Haskell Canyon Road at Copper Hill Drive, Lt. Doug Mohroff told The Signal.

Deputies searching for the burglary suspects found a car believed to have been used in the crime parked in the parking lot of Saugus High School.

“There was a commercial burglary at the Walgreens this morning,” he said. “During the subsequent containment and search of the area, deputies found and arrested three suspects.”

The suspects were taken into custody.

“They were captured early in the morning before school began,” Mohroff said.

When the car was located, officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District placed the high school under lockdown.

“There was a situation in the neighboring area involving law enforcement,” District spokesman Dave Caldwell said.

“Apparently some individuals were wanted by law enforcement,” he said.

“They were spotted near Saugus High School and ran.

“The campus – and only Saugus High School – was locked so no one could enter while law enforcement performed a sweep of the campus.

“They announced it was all clear before 7 a.m..” Caldwell said. “A message was sent to Saugus High School families at that time notifying them that normal school hours would be observed.”

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