A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two school burglaries in Redwood City last week, police said.
The first incident occurred at 4:46 a.m., when a male suspect entered through a second story window at St. Michael Preschool at 401 Hudson St. Later, a school employee located a man who would later be identified as Oscar Banegas in one of the rooms at the school and told him to leave. Only after Banegas left campus did the school employee notice that $500 money was missing from a desk drawer in an office on the campus. Video surveillance captured Banegas “as he roamed through the school,” police said.
Two days later, police learned another burglary occurred at Redeemer Lutheran School at 468 Grand St. sometime between May 5 and May 6. One of the classrooms had been rummaged through and an iPad charger was missing from a classroom desk drawer, police said. Video surveillance showed Banegas walking through the school and entering the classroom while the school was closed, police said.
Banegas was arrested in the area of Sequoia Station on Saturday about 6:55 a.m. He was found in possession of the stolen iPad charger and booked into San Mateo County Jail for two counts of commercial burglary, committing a felony while out on bail and a parole hold, police said.
Anyone that may have additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Redwood City Police Detective Sergeant Nick Perna at 650-780-7672 or the Redwood City Police Department’s Tip Line at 650-780-7110.