JP McCaskey HS Burglary arrests

23 June 2014 by Sgt. Bill Hickey

Lancaster PD Patch

On June 5, 2014 a burglary was reported at JP McCaskey High School. Employees of the school discovered that sometime overnight, suspects had forced entry into a music lab and stole (23) MacBook laptop computers. Review of video footage from the school showed that (2) unknown males in hooded sweatshirts had entered the school shortly after 3:00 am on June 5, 2014. The males exited the school with the loot shortly thereafter.


While the initial report was being taken by SRO Carlos Luciano, he was informed that West Lampeter Twp .Police Department (WLTPD) was investigating an auto theft that was likely related to the burglary at the school.


Earlier in the morning hours of June 5, 2014 a resident of the 1100 blk. Willow Street Pike reported the theft of a 1999 Mazda Protégé to the WLTPD. The vehicle information was entered into NCIC. Later that morning, a relative of the vehicle owner saw the vehicle parked and unoccupied in a lot near the intersection of High St. and Laurel St. in Lancaster City. After consulting with WLTPD, the victim was transported to that location and recovered her vehicle.


 Upon arriving home the victim discovered a number of MacBook computers in the back of her vehicle. The victim also found items that belonged to the suspects of the burglary at JP McCaskey. The vehicle owner recognized (2) skateboards that had been left in her vehicle as the property of two friends of her son. The vehicle owner contacted WLTPD about the discovery of the contraband items in her vehicle. WLTPD inspected the laptops and realized that they were the property of SDOL. (9) computers were recovered at that time. WLTPD contacted SRO Luciano in order to facilitate the return of the computers and to pass along suspect information.


Det. Steve Owens was briefed on the information to that point and began to collaborate with all agencies and Officers involved. Det. Owens later made contact with one of the suspects, identified as Anibal Diaz W-H/M/18 600 blk. High St. Lancaster, PA. Diaz admitted his role in the theft of the vehicle in West Lampeter Twp. as well as the burglary at the school. Diaz was able to facilitate the return of the remaining (14) MacBook laptop computers. A Juvenile male accomplice was also contacted by Det. Owens. He also admitted his role in the burglary at the school and knowing that the car had been stolen by Diaz.

As a result of this investigation, Det. Owens filed a Criminal Complaint against Diaz and filed a Allegation against the Juvenile suspect before Juvenile Probation.


 Diaz was charged with Burglary (F1), and two counts Theft by Unlawful Taking (F3). The charges were filed before MDJ Benner. Diaz was given $100,000 bail, unsecured, and is currently on Electronic Monitoring by Bail Administration.


The Allegation filed against the Juvenile listed charges of Burglary (F1), Receiving Stolen Property (F3) and Theft by Unlawful Taking (F3).


Anibal Diaz W-H/M/18 600 blk. High St. Lancaster, PA