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May 27, 2023

Police make arrest after burglary at Maze Middle School

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

On Sept. 23, the Hollister Police Department responded to a vandalism and burglary at Maze Middle School.

About 7:36 a.m., School Recourse Officer Guadalupe Pompa was called to Maze Middle School for a report of felony vandalism and burglary.


Pompa conducted an investigation and found several areas of the school had been damaged. The areas of damage included the surrounding chain-link fence, doors and roll-up doors to the cafeteria. The damage appeared to be signs of forced entry or attempted forced entry.

Upon further investigation, Pompa found money and food items had been taken. He also observed video surveillance footage of the suspect. The suspect was identified as being local transient Steven Cardenas.

On Sept. 24, Pompa located Cardenas in the 300 block South Street. Cardenas was arrested and booked into the San Benito County Jail on the charges of felony vandalism and burglary.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is requested to contact the Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.