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FBI, police say 5 men caught breaking into San Antonio courthouse

October 19, 2011 |  7:11 am

The FBI and local officials are investigating five men found at a San Antonio courthouse early Wednesday morning; they said the men appeared to be Moroccan nationals.

San Antonio police responding to a call at 1:40 a.m. found three of the men inside the courthouse and two in a nearby recreational vehicle, according to Bexar County spokesperson Laura Jesse. Jesse said officials were still trying to determine Wednesday morning how the suspects got into the courthouse.

Police and Bexar County sheriff’s deputies searched the courthouse and surrounding buildings and blocked streets in the area for several hours while investigators spoke to the men, Jesse said.

It was unclear why they were breaking into the building, and officials were still investigating whether the men were really from Morocco as officers initially reported, she said.

As of 8 a.m. local time, the courthouse had been searched and was considered safe. Surrounding streets had reopened, although law enforcement officials continued to monitor the area, Jesse said.

The men's RV was first cordoned off with police tape and then towed, Jesse said. She would not say what was found inside.

All five men were taken to Bexar County Jail, where they were being held Wednesday morning, Jesse said. She said their names had not been released. A Bexar County sheriff's spokesman was at the jail Wednesday morning assembling more information for release, she said. 

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