Members of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department have had a busy week. In addition to answering the standard increased number of domestic violence calls that tend to go hand in hand with the holiday season they also responded to other incidents as well.
The first assisted members of the local fire department when a family of four was reportedly displaced from their home after a fire engulfed the residence the weekend before Christmas. Injuries were not reported but the family had been concerned that they had no place else to go. Neighbors believed the three-family structure may have been infested with drugs and drug users.
It is believed that between $25,000 and $30,000 in damage was sustained as a result of the fire. The cause is still under investigation. A spokesperson for the fire department said the structure is expected to be condemned.
Sheriffs next responded to a call that the Wilson Junior High School had been burglarized. Deputies reported that computers and other types of electronics were stolen. At least one computer, keyboard and mouse have since been recovered. The suspects are still at large. Once they are captured they will be transported to the El Centro Jail to be booked and processed into the system. The defendants will likely have bail amounts in excess of $30,000 and will need to hire a bondsman in order to help get out of jail.