SF police catch three teens trying to steal computers from Potrero Hill high school 

Cops foiled a burglary and arrested three teenagers attempting to steal computers from a Potrero Hill high school Sunday, police said.

A witness tipped police off to the crime, police said. The 911 caller told police that he saw the three teens gain access to the International Studies Academy at 655 De Haro Street through an open window by climbing on a chair, police said.

Police had set up a perimeter around the school about 3 p.m. when one of the suspects bolted from a door on the south side of the building. The suspect ran away on 19th Street toward Wisconsin where he jumped a fence into the back yard of a home, police said. It was there he was apprehended.

Once in custody, the 14-year-old boy told police about the other suspects who were caught trying to escape from the east side of the building, police said. Those boys are 15 and 16 years old.

After investigating inside the school, police found muddy footprints from the open window that led to the school’s computer lab. There police found computers attached to tables with metal cables. Two of the cables had been cut reportedly with a large paper cutter. Four computers were damaged in the suspects’ efforts to remove them, police said.

The youths were cited for attempted burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest. They were released to their parents from Bayview Station, police said.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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