During the early morning hours of Monday, October 31, 2011, multiple suspects entered various classrooms on the campus of La Canada High School, in La Canada Flintridge. The theft was discovered by school staff members later that same day as several teachers were unable to locate computers in their classrooms. The school soon learned that suspects stole approximately $25,000 in electronic items, including laptop computers, computer projectors, and video cameras.
Detectives from the Crescenta Valley Station developed information as to the identity of the suspects involved in the burglary by pursuing leads and evidence from the crime scene. The investigation led to the arrest of two suspects on November 3, 2011. Erik Howell, a 20-year old Black male from Glendale, and David Pinnell, a 21-year old White male from Reseda, who were both arrested for burglary.
Subsequent to these arrests, a search warrant was served at Pinnell’s home in Reseda. It is believed that nearly all of the property taken during the burglary was recovered from the residence. Additional inventory is being conducted by school officials to determine if any property is still missing.
The suspects were booked at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station where they are each being held on $20,000 bail.
Two additional suspects have been identified during the investigation and are being sought by detectives. These individuals are Joshua Oleas, a 21-year old White male from Tujunga, and a 16-year old White male juvenile from Tujunga.
The investigation is ongoing in this burglary, including the possible involvement of other suspects.
Anyone who may have information about this burglary is asked to contact the Crescenta
Valley Station Detective Bureau at 818-248-3464, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org