RICHMOND -- A group of burglars got a nasty surprise when investigators -- listening to the walkie-talkies the group stole from a school -- tracked them down and arrested them, police said.

The burglary was reported early on Jan. 4 at Leadership Public Schools, a charter high school on South 12th Street, according to Richmond police Lt. Bisa French. The thieves took several laptop computers and the two-way radios.

On Jan. 9, school officials called police back to the school, saying that someone was using the stolen radios to communicate, French said. An officer took an extra radio that worked on the same frequency and began monitoring the suspects' conversations.

Officers managed to pinpoint the location of one suspect, on the 100 block of Harbor Way South. An officer turned on his radio and heard his own transmission coming from the radio in the suspect's pocket, French said.

Police eventually arrested Louis Hernandez, 19, and Armand Rodriguez, 18, both of Richmond, and two juveniles, French said. They were booked on suspicion of burglary.

Police recovered almost all of the stolen equipment, but one laptop computer is still missing, French said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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