Shandon Elementary and Shandon High School were put on lockdown at 2 p.m. Friday because of a nearby investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Parents were allowed to pick up their children at the normal school dismissal time.
The incident started when the Sheriff’s Office got a call at about 12:35 p.m. of several people suspected of taking items from a vacant house in the 800 block of Mesa Grande Drive in Shandon, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said.
Deputies went to the scene and then called in detectives when a vehicle was seen leaving the property with license plates involved in a Modesto carjacking about a year ago, Cipolla said.
The driver, 36-year-old Shannon Wright of Modesto, was detained and charges are pending.
Wright told investigators that two people might still be in the vacant house so deputies surrounded the property and a CHP helicopter scanned the area from the sky. A search warrant was not authorized and deputies could not confirm from the outside that anyone was inside the house.
Sheriff’s units left the scene in early evening and the investigation was continuing, Cipolla said.
During the afternoon, students “weren’t in any danger, we just put the schools on lockdown as a precaution,” he said.