SANTA ANA (CNS) Two Santa Ana men were behind bars today on suspicion of stealing nearly 70 iPads and nine Apple laptops from a Santa Ana school, police said.

Javier Cruz Perez, 38, was booked on suspicion of stolen property, and Christopher Erik Clark, 49, was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and burglary, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Perez and Clark were arrested Tuesday when police recovered 62 of the tablets and the nine laptops stolen from Hazard Elementary School at 4218 W. Hazard Ave., Bertagna said.

The computers were stolen during two break-ins, Bertagna said. The first burglary was between Nov. 22-26 and the second, between Nov. 26 and Dec. 2, Bertagna said.

Police received a tip Tuesday that led investigators to a computer repair shop in the 2600 block of West 17th Street, Bertagna said. Police recovered 18 of the tablets and all of the laptops there, he added.

When police arrested Perez he had 12 stolen iPads, Bertagna alleged.

The investigation led police to a room Clark was renting at the Budget Inn at 1106 N. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana, where investigators found 32 iPads stolen in the burglaries, Bertagna added.

Perez was being held in the Santa Ana jail, but Clark was being held without bail in Orange County jail, according to jail records.

Clark has a prior record for school burglaries, Bertagna said. Court records indicate he pleaded guilty to multiple burglaries in January 2010, and most recently was sentenced to 16 months in state prison on Nov. 29 of last year when he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a gun.

Posted by Karla Marquez