Two transients are behind bars, suspected of being in possession of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods seized at a homeless encampment in Mission Viejo.

Joseph Paul Eberhardt, 40, and Randall Leon Prince, 58, were camped out near Avery Parkway and Camino Capistrano when deputies encountered them Oct. 3, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The two were wanted on arrest warrants for violating probation, she said.

Deputies found about $8,000 in stolen tools and equipment in the encampment that were taken from Capistrano Unified School District utility vans, Braun said. The school district reported the theft of about $20,000 in property in August, Braun said.

Eberhardt pleaded guilty June 7 to possession of stolen property in Laguna Niguel, according to court records, which show he was sentenced to 98 days in jail and released with credit for time served.

Eberhardt had his probation revoked by June 21 for failing to live in an approved residence, according to court records. Last Friday, he admitted the probation violations and was sentenced to 90 days.

Prince is due in court Nov. 15 on charges of vandalism and damaging jail while in custody.

He pleaded guilty to vandalism in August 2017 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, but had another 150 days tacked on for violating probation, according to court records.

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