News Story

 

Oak Park High School Burglary Suspect Arrested
1/20/2016 4:55:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Oak Park High School Burglary Suspect Arrested

Report Number:

15-2071141

Location:

Victorville, CA

Apple Valley, CA

 

Date & Time:

December 29th, 2015 / 11:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

East County Investigations Unit / Thousand Oaks Police Special Enforcement Unit

 

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

Steven Rabb

Laurence Fon

 

Victorville

Apple Valley

20

42

Narrative:

Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, East County Investigations Bureau have arrested two suspects in connection with the November 18, 2015 burglary at Oak Park High School.

 

During the early morning hours of November 18th, 2015, suspects broke a window to the computer lab at Oak Park High School and burglarized the building.  The crime was captured on Oak Park High School's video surveillance system. School officials confirmed 17 Apple iMac computers with 21.5 inch monitors were stolen from the computer lab. High school staff told investigators that the computers stored students' assignments, graphic designs, and portfolio information.  The academic information stored on these computers was not retrievable and represented the loss of an enormous amount of work by the students.

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office East County Investigations Unit started an investigation into this burglary. Using evidence obtained from the scene of the crime and while working with Oak Park High School officials, detectives were able to positively identify a suspect in the burglary. This suspect was identified as Steven Rabb, a resident of Victorville.

 

On December 29, 2015, Sheriff's investigators located Rabb and served a search warrant at his address, located in Victorville.  During the search, investigators found evidence that implicated Rabb in the Oak Park High School burglary. Rabb was arrested for burglary and transported back to Ventura County where he was booked into the Ventura County Jail and has a pending court date.

 

On January 4, 2016, detectives served additional search warrants at a computer repair shop and residence in Apple Valley. During the searches, detectives located some of the stolen iMac computers that were taken during the Oak Park High School burglary, as well as other stolen property from crimes in different counties. The computer repair shop business owner, identified as Laurence Fon, was subsequently arrested for possession of stolen property.  Fon was booked into the local San Bernardino County jail with a pending court date.  Investigators are hopeful that the recovery of the stolen computers will allow the retrieval of the vital academic information stored by the Oak Park High school students.

 

Criminal activity commonly crosses jurisdictional boundaries.  The suspects in this specific case traveled more than 100 miles to commit their crime.  Law enforcement, however, has the ability to work cooperatively, sharing information and resources to solve such cases.  During the course of this investigation, East County Sheriff's detectives worked in a cooperative effort with other law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.  The cooperative effort of all the involved agencies was a key factor to identifying the suspects in this case.

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Pete Frank

 

News Release Date:

01/19/2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Marta Bugarin

805-371-8342

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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