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Posted: 8:48 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO —
More than two dozen iPads were stolen from students at one San Francisco high school and the suspected thief was caught, thanks to the school's principal. At St. Ignatius in the Sunset District, every student has an iPad because the school leases them from Apple and in turn lends them to the students. The iPads are not only valuable to the students at St. Ignatius, they're also valuable on the streets. "They've been disappearing in bunches 4, 5, 6, 7 at a time," said St. Ignatius Principal Patrick Ruff. Ruff said more than two dozen iPads have been taken. Students gave a description of a suspicious man recently roaming campus and yesterday the dean of students spotted the suspect. The dean alerted the principal and he approached the man. "We talked to him a little further (and) it became clear he was more and more uncomfortable, and when we said we would call police, that's when he took off," Ruff added. And so did Ruff. He chased him through campus and down the school's track. "He tried to go over the fence. That's when I caught him and dragged him down," Ruff said. San Francisco police officers arrived and arrested 27-year-old Gabriel Ruiz Vega of South San Francisco. Police said he had seven iPads on him and the others are still missing. "The tablets that were found on him were identified by other students as theirs," said officer Gordon Shyy. Back on campus, students said they're happy to be under the close watch of their principal, Ruff. "He is protecting us because he doesn't want an intruder to just come in here and take what doesn't belong to him and that's something important," said Yaneli Gonzalez, a junior.
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