Three people were arrested over the past week in connection with a reported vehicle burglary that cost a Napa High teacher the tools used on his main job, police said.
Jerry Harris, a linoleum floor installer who also teaches a sustainable construction class at Napa High, reported in mid-January that his truck was broken into while parked on campus and some $9,000 worth of tools stolen.
Harris said he had parked his work truck at the school because he believed it would be safer than if parked near his home near Jefferson and Ash streets where there had been several burglaries.
The Napa police investigation gained momentum when detectives realized that other officers had executed a drug search warrant at the residence of Christopher Tello, 25, the day after the reported burglary and had seen numerous tools in the residence on Hartle Court, police said.
Not knowing that the tools were stolen, they took photos of the tools just in case, police said.
When detectives showed Harris the photos, he identified some of the tools as his, police said.
On Jan. 29, detectives served a search warrant at Tello’s home and allegedly located a construction radio/stereo that had been reported stolen from Harris’ vehicle. Tello allegedly admitted to the burglary, and told detectives two others helped in the crime, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
On Thursday, detectives served a search warrant on the Vallejo home of the two other suspects, Mitchell Busse, 29, and Sandra Kennedy, 34, police said. Only Kennedy was at home. She was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property after tools were found at the residence.
On Friday, a deputy with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle in the area of Highway 29 and Rio Del Mar and located Busse, who was a passenger, police said.
Busse was arrested on the same charges, police said. All three were booked into the Napa jail.