TEMECULA, CALIF.—U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 15 checkpoint arrested three men this morning who were in possession of a projector and 30 stolen computers.
The incident occurred at around 3 a.m., when agents encountered a 21-year-old male United States citizen driving a 1992 Lexus. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and referred him and his two male passengers for a secondary inspection. A Border Patrol canine team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the interior. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 29 Apple iPads, an Apple Macbook, and an Epson projector locked inside the trunk. It was determined that the items belonged to the Del Mar Union School District. Agents also found bolt cutters, a rubber mallet, flashlights, and gloves.
Agents contacted the San Diego Police Department who indicated there had been an earlier break-in at Del Mar Heights Elementary School. The three men were arrested. The suspects, computers, projector, and vehicle were turned over to the San Diego Police Department.
To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.