3 teens arrested in theft of laptops from Hawthorne school
Three teenagers accused of stealing $6,000 in laptop computers from a Hawthorne charter school were arrested after a four-hour police search involving police dogs and a helicopter.
Officers responding to a burglary alarm at Da Vinci charter school at 12:47 a.m. Monday spotted three young men running from campus, according to Hawthorne police Lt. Gary Tomatani.
Police surrounded the area and conducted a search with dogs and officers from Manhattan Beach, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Culver City and Beverly Hills.
After four hours, police found the teens in a nearby house. Seven laptop computers the teens allegedly stole from two classrooms were found nearby.
The Hawthorne teens, a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds, were booked on suspicion of burglary at Eastlake Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles.
-- Kate Linthicum