Pair accused of stealing surveillance cameras from Merced High

Two men are in custody after allegedly breaking into Merced High School and stealing surveillance cameras and computer equipment from the campus, Merced police reported.

Merced residents Jeremy Lowry, 18, and Solomon Maraspini, 32, were busted after officers staked out the campus early Thursday. The men were caught at the campus at 1:47 a.m. after police spotted them walking away with a computer monitor and other items, according to Lt. Andre Matthews, police spokesman.

Officers Jason Hart, Ronald Luker and Reserve Officer Jesse Corral had been holding vigil at the campus after at least two reported burglaries at the campus.

After the men were taken into custody, police served a search warrant on Lowry's home in the 200 block of Brookdale Drive. There, officers located three surveillance cameras from the school, in addition to two computers and a DVD player, Matthews said.

Police are still investigating how the men entered the buildings, Matthews said, adding that Lowry is a recent Merced High graduate.

Matthews said the image of one of the men was captured by a surveillance camera during one of their previous alleged burglaries.

It isn't the first stolen surveillance camera caper Merced police have investigated in recent months. In March, police arrested Brian Alexander, 27, for allegedly stealing surveillance cameras from Millennium Sports Club.

Alexander was arrested after footage from the cameras allegedly showed him using a tool to rip down the cameras, which were mounted 10 to 12 feet above the ground.

Lowry was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, while Maraspini was booked on suspicion of theft with priors. Lowry is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, and Maraspini is being held in lieu of $15,000.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.