ANDERSON, Calif. - Police locked down a school and utilized a CHP helicopter during a search for suspects seen burglarizing a home in the Anderson Heights neighborhood Tuesday.
According to the Anderson Police Department witnesses reported seeing two or three suspects loading household items into a shopping cart outside a residence and called 911.
The suspects were described as: a white male either Latino or Native American with long black hair wearing black shorts and no shirt, a white male wearing shorts, a hooded sweatshirt and a ball cap and possibly a female with long blonde hair.
Anderson police and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office attempted to catch the suspects in the act but they were seen by the perpetrators who then fled through the yard of the burglarized home.
Police say the home showed signs of forced entry and that raised the concern of more suspects possibly being inside the house. Police obtained permission from the home's owner to search the property. After surrounding the building police searched the home finding no one inside.
During the search police say they received reports of individuals matching the suspect's description running through the nearby area. This prompted officials to place the Anderson Heights Elementary School on lock down.
Police employed a CHP helicopter and multiple police dogs alongside officers both on foot and in patrol cars to search the area. This led to officers stopping two individuals who matched the description of the wanted men. Police said "they have strong leads" that the two men detained were the individuals that committed the crimes.
Anderson Heights Elementary has since been taken off lock down.
Officers are still processing evidence at the scene and are asking anyone that may have information relating to this crime to call the Anderson Police Department at 530-378-6600.