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San Tan Valley school van stolen twice; 1 suspect arrested

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Posted at 5:03 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 08:04:27-04

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Pinal County authorities say they've arrested one of three people suspected of committing thefts at a San Tan Valley school.

County sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Nathan Ortiz allegedly stole the same van from San Tan Heights Elementary on two separate occasions in July.

They say Ortiz and his accomplices also are accused of burglarizing the school, taking multiple computers and other miscellaneous items.

Sheriff's officials say the thefts started July 24.

Authorities were able to locate the school van in the Phoenix area and returned it to the school.

They say the next night, the van was stolen again and later returned.

Authorities identified Ortiz as a suspect and say he admitted to stealing the van both times.

It was unclear Thursday if Ortiz has a lawyer.