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Unsealed Warrant Provides New Details in Migrant Vandalism Case


Aired 4/19/09

A San Diego Superior Court Judge unsealed the search warrant Thursday that police used to seize evidence from the house of San Diego Minuteman leader Jeff Schwilk. Police took cameras, a computer and documents from Schwilk's home last week in connection with vandalism at a migrant camp. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

The warrant outlines San Diego Police Officer Patrick Lenhart's reasoning for searching Schwilk's home in connection with vandalism at camps in McGonigle Canyon two months ago. That's when six people cut up migrants' belongings -- to the tune of about $3,800 in damage.

Lenhart says Scwhilk's vehicle and his association with former Minutewoman Christie Cjakowski are two reasons he believes Schwilk could have been involved. A witness says he saw Cjakowski at the camps that day. In court papers, Schwilk says he was there, too, and trimmed branches with hedge clippers.

But Scwhilk says he didn't cut up anything else. Scwhilk also says he knows the people involved in the vandalism are remorseful but he would not provide more details. The investigation is ongoing.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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