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Search for theft suspect prompts brief lockdown of two El Dorado County schools

A report that a person suspected of a recent theft in Sacramento County was in the vicinity of Union Mine High School in El Dorado County led to a brief lockdown of two schools Tuesday morning.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded at 8:10 a.m. to a report that the individual suspected in the recent theft, which included firearms, was near the high school. A sheriff’s school resource officer placed the high school and Charles Brown Education Center in lockdown as a precaution, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies found the suspect in a vehicle in the 6000 block of Pollock Avenue in the town of El Dorado, and a 14-year-old boy was taken into custody. The lockdown was lifted about 8:30 a.m.

Sheriff’s officials said the boy who was taken into custody is a student at Union Mine High School, but he was not on the school grounds at any time Tuesday. No firearms were found on him or in the vehicle, officials said. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Wilton.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.