Arrest follows North Auburn school burglary

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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It’s hard to go any lower than the burglary that took place today in North Auburn. First, it was at a school – Rock Creek Elementary on Bell Road. Secondly, the thief was after computer equipment from a kindergarten class. Thirdly, the burglar decided to trash some of the student-made artwork on the walls. Lastly, the students most affected were special education pupils. Parent Jan Rutenbergs, whose autistic son is one of five pupils in the special education class, said the boy was having a hard time dealing with an incident that kept him from going to his classroom this morning. School personnel cleaned up the mess made by the burglar and plugged computers back in that had been discovered in the breezeway outside. “He doesn’t understand and I’m enraged,” Rutenbergs said. “It’s bad enough that it’s any classroom being burglarized at a time when schools are hurting but especially when it’s a special education classroom.” Principal Suzanne Flint said she was shocked when she learned about a rare burglary at the North Auburn School, but took some solace in the arrest of a suspect. A janitor arriving in the morning found two computers outside the classroom. A window had been broken with a rock to gain entry. Lt. Mark Reed said deputies responded after the janitor’s discovery and were able to locate a suspect in a nearby field. Alexas Todd Walema, 21, of Portland, Ore., was arrested on a felony burglary charge and booked into Placer County Jail. He is in custody on a $35,000 bail hold. Walema’s incarceration is a return visit. He had been arrested Nov. 27 in Roseville on charges of resisting arrest and receiving stolen property but released on remand. Walema is also charged with committing a felony while on remand.