Lockdown follows burglary

A residential burglary in the Peacock Ridge neighborhood in Agoura Hills Tuesday led to a temporary lockdown at the nearby Yerba Buena Elementary School.

A spokesperson for the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said authorities were called around 12:40 p.m. after two suspects broke into a home on Vets Court, one-half mile from the school.

“The suspects fled before we arrived; however, a containment was set up and one male black suspect and one juvenile black suspect were located hiding a short distance away and were arrested,” Lt. Greg Minster said.

The search for the suspects took about an hour. They were found hiding in trash bins.

In an email to parents, Erin Roderick, principal of Yerba Buena Elementary School, said the school was placed on lockdown following a discussion with sheriff’s deputies.

“We placed the school on lockdown for a few minutes. I was in constant communication with the sheriff’s department and they notified me that the situation was contained and was no longer necessary,” Roderick said.

Dan Stepenosky, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, went to the campus as a precaution.

Stepenosky said parents driving into the school around 1:15 p.m. saw police activity in the neighborhood nearby and alerted the school’s office manager, who called the sheriff’s department. The office manager was told initially that the school didn’t need to be locked down.

“She called (the sheriff) back a few minutes later for an update and they said go to a lockdown,” Stepenosky said. “(Going to a lockdown) was the right thing to do. The staff was awesome. The kids were awesome.”

The suspects may be linked to two recent burglaries in Ventura County, and deputies are investigating the connection.

The adult suspect is being held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and is scheduled to appear in court today at the Van Nuys Courthouse. Minster was unsure if the juvenile suspect was released or if he is being held at Juvenile Hall in Sylmar. His court date hasn’t been determined.

Ian Bradley