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Burglars snacked and snoozed at school they broke into, deputies say

Kevin Lydell Thomas
Kevin Lydell Thomas Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Eating and sleeping on the job landed two suspected burglars in jail.

Two men accused of breaking into Chana High School in North Auburn had loaded stolen items into school-owned vehicles but lingered to prepare a meal and then fell asleep, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies were called to Chana High School in the North Auburn area about 7 a.m. Monday after a school employee found broken windows, then discovered one alleged burglar in the bathroom and another asleep in a classroom.

Deputies arrested Kevin Lydell Thomas, 27, of Fresno, and Travis Leroy Alexander III, 25, whom the Sheriff’s Office described as a Sacramento-area transient.

The two men allegedly broke windows to enter classrooms, then loaded computers, televisions and other items into two school-owned vehicles. They prepared some frozen meals they found and ate them inside the classroom. After eating, they apparently fell asleep.

One man was wearing a Chana High School sweatshirt stolen from the principal’s office, the news release said.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and felony vehicle theft. When Thomas was placed in the back of the patrol car, he reportedly kicked the window and door, bending the door frame. That resulted in the additional charge of felony vandalism.

Alexander was booked and released, but Thomas remained in Placer County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $25,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy