FAIRFIELD — A Fairfield man was arrested after police said he broke into Lawrence High School over the weekend and stole items belonging to students and others.

Caleb Ferreira, 20, was charged Monday with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Caleb Ferreira Photo courtesy of Fairfield police

Fairfield Officer Casey Dugas, a spokesman for the police department, said staff at Lawrence High reported the theft of several things, including “personal items belonging to students.” Dugas said, “the student food pantry was stolen from.”

“We developed a lead through an identification of the suspect via surveillance video at the school and a search warrant was obtained based on that ID,” Dugas said.

Lawrence High Principal Dan Bowers said Tuesday that the suspect took a metal folding chair and broke a window to a back office in the building to get inside over the weekend. The person was then able to gain access to several offices through unlocked doors. Bowers said he believed the incident was discovered Monday morning by a custodian who then notified police.

Bowers said he did not know if Ferreira had a connection to the school. Dugas declined to address any connection, saying “that isn’t something we are going to comment on.”

The search warrant was obtained for an apartment on Winchester Street in Fairfield where Ferreira was arrested. Dugas said he believed all the stolen items had been recovered. Besides the window at the school, a computer was also broken in the break-in, with damages estimated to be under $2,000, Dugas said.

Morning Sentinel staff writer Kaitlyn Budion contributed to this report. 

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