Fresno police are investigating the theft of several thousand dollars of music equipment from Clovis North High School in northeast Fresno on Thursday.
An officer was dispatched to the school at 2770 E. International Ave. around 7:44 p.m. regarding the theft, Lt. Joe Gomez said. A teacher told police that he was in his office when he saw Theodore Margosian, 32, and another man inside the music building.
The teacher followed the suspects outside as they tried to run away, Gomez said. He confronted Margosian, who he recognized as a former student at a different school. The teacher convinced Margosian to return snare drums and bongos valued at $1,500.
The other suspect, who was carrying numerous Zildjian cymbals valued at nearly $5,000, was last seen walking south through the campus toward International Avenue, Gomez said. Margosian claimed he didn’t know the other suspect and then left when the teacher went to his office to retrieve his cellphone.
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Gomez said Margosian is currently wanted for burglary in the case. He is also wanted on a felony no bail warrant for possession of cocaine and DUI. Investigators are working to identify the other suspect.
Police believe the break-in at Clovis North could be related to a similar crime at Clovis West High School earlier in the week. Detectives are working with Clovis Unified police to determine if Margosian and the other suspect are involved.
Anyone with information on Margosian’s whereabouts are asked to call 559-621-7000.