Two men have been arrested in connection with a burglary last week at Bluff Dale School, where an estimated $9,000 worth of computers and other school property was stolen.
Ramsey Ratliff, 17, of Stephenville, and Christopher Shan Wade, 24, of Dublin, were arrested and charged with burglary of a building just hours after the men allegedly crawled through a window to gain access to the school last Thursday, Aug. 19.
Chief Investigator Jason Upshaw with the Erath County Sheriff's Office said a school employee recognized one of the suspects after watching a surveillance video that captured the burglary.
Investigators found the suspect at his home, where they also recovered part of the stolen property. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Erath County Jail.
Shortly after, investigators arrested the second suspect, who led authorities to a remote area near a cemetery in Comanche County, where he had stashed the rest of the stolen property.
Upshaw said the property was hidden in thick brush near a fence line.
The stolen property, which included six laptop computers, one overhead projector, a DVD player, tools, computer monitor, three digital cameras and three video cameras, was all recovered and returned to the school.
Both suspects were released after each posting a $5,000 bond.
"The investigators working the case did an outstanding job in tracking these guys down and recovering the property before the new school year started," Upshaw said.