Update: Three Schools Locked Down in Berryessa as Police Search For Burglary Suspect

The lockdowns were lifted at 12:40 p.m. after police arrested the suspect.

Three San Jose schools were locked down for more than two hours today as police investigated a residential burglary, police said.

Police told Piedmont Hills High School, Ruskin Elementary School and St. Victor School to go on lockdown shortly after officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress on nearby Zion Lane at about 9:50 a.m., police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

The lockdowns were lifted at about 12:40 p.m. after officers arrested the burglary suspect, Morales said.

"We're satisfied we have the person we're looking for," Morales said, adding that police were still in the process of identifying the suspect.

The suspect, a juvenile, did not appear to have a firearm, Morales said. Kialyn Higashi, school secretary at Ruskin, a K-5 public school at 1401 Turlock Lane, said the school was told by police to "shelter in place" shortly before 10:30 a.m., and got the all-clear notification at about 12:47 p.m.

"Students were fed their lunches" in their classrooms, Higashi said. "They remained in the building until it was lifted." "There have been a lot of robberies here in the Berryessa area," Higashi added.

Piedmont Hills High School is located at 1377 Piedmont Road. St. Victor's is a K-8 private Catholic school at 3150 Sierra Road.

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Veronica February 26, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Why are only the schools being notified and not the daycares and preschools. My daughters preschool was litterally 11-15 houses down from the incident and the preschool was not notified. How can we get the SJPD to notify the daycare and preschools of the area as well. Especially when they are that close!!!


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