Two men suspected of burglarizing Soquel High School and preparing to remove computer equipment from a computer lab were arrested on Wednesday, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said. A custodian at the school reported seeing the two suspects flee from the school’s computer lab, where the door had been forced open and computer equipment was primed for removal, toward the back of the campus. The in-progress commercial burglary was reported at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, and responding sheriff’s deputies detained two men — Jeffrey Price, who provided a false name, and Forrest Brownton — not far from the school in the Lighthouse Church parking lot. A 1994 Toyota Corolla registered to the false name Price provided was parked in the lot. According to the sheriff’s office, Price did not have a key to the vehicle. The custodian had cleaned and swept the computer lab at the school earlier in the day, prior to securing it. A key belonging to Price’s car was located on the lab’s floor. After deputies arrested Price and Brownton, a search of the vehicle revealed burglary tools, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies allegedly found a stolen gas credit card inside a backpack the sheriff’s office said belonged to Brownton. According to the sheriff’s office, Brownton allegedly attempted to destroy loose medication he was carrying by eating it. Medical personnel were called to the scene to treat Brownton. Price was allegedly found to be in possession of a hypodermic syringe that the sheriff’s office suspected contained cocaine. Both Price, 27, a transient, and Brownton, 29, of Ben Lomond, were transported to jail, and the vehicle was towed. Price is suspected of commercial burglary, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle. Brownton is suspected of commercial burglary, identity theft, and unlawful possession of a prescription medication, the sheriff’s office said.
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