3 women arrested in connection with school break-in
Detectives serving a search warrant in connection with a burglary and vandalism spree at Magnolia School ended up arresting three women on a variety of charges, including possession of stolen property.
Magnolia Intermediate School was vandalized and burglarized some time between 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.
The suspects broke numerous windows throughout the school in order to gain entry to the interior, stealing approximately 30 iPads and at least two iMac computers.
Several fire extinguishers were discharged throughout the interior of the main building, causing additional damage.
The Little League shack at Bear River High School’s fields and a storage shed where a PA system is kept also were broken into. The suspects took some Peavey amplifiers, but they were located after having been dumped in the brush.
On Saturday night, Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives served a warrant at the residence of Terri Taliaferro in the 11000 block of Magnolia Road — just around the corner from the middle school.
A stolen golf cart was located on the property, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Sullivan; Taliaferro was cited on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
Another woman, Amanda Claire Paulin, 34, was reportedly found with a stolen firearm.
She was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, possessing an assault weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm; she was being held in lieu of $52,000 bail.
While detectives were at the property, a woman identified as Samantha Jean Sullivan, 25, pulled up, and then reportedly fled the scene in the vehicle, which had been reported as stolen.
A pursuit ensued that ended about two miles away at Wolf Road and Brian Lane, when Sullivan lost control of her vehicle and crashed.
She was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and felony evading a peace officer, as well as two warrants, and was being held in lieu of $57,500 bail.
The computers and iPads stolen from Magnolia School have not yet been recovered, Sullivan said, adding that the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.
Anyone who might have seen anything at the campus Thursday night or who has any information is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1471.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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