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Fleeing burglary suspects put San Benito school under lockdown

Authorities temporarily placed a San Benito school under lockdown while police chased four burglary suspects nearby.

It all happened at Downs Elementary School just after 1 p.m. Thursday.

San Benito police told Action 4 News that they were chasing four burglary suspects off North Dick Dowling Road.

A woman tried to scare the four suspects but they fled with a number of stolen items and hid behind a nearby day care.

Police arrested two of them at the scene but the other were caught after a brief foot chase.

San Benito CISD officials said the school was temporarily placed under lockdown as a precautionary measure.

School district spokeswoman Celia Longoria said no injuries were reported and that students and staff were not in danger.

Longoria said the lockdown was lifted around 2:10 p.m. Thursday.

San Benito police said the four suspects are all expected to face burglary charges but the two who fled from police on foot will also face evading arrest charges.

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