Teens arrested for burglarizing 3 schools in 9 days

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Three teenagers, 14- and 15-years-old, were arrested and placed in St. James Youth Detention by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for burglarizing three schools over the last nine days.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Dutchtown High School on July 11, 2012 at 3:15 a.m. and saw three male teenagers on the campus. Two were immediately arrested and the third ran off. He was located and arrested around Noon that day.

The first two teens were in possession of athletic equipment and a megaphone that had been stolen from the school. They also had a flashlight that was engraved "Dutchtown Middle School."

On July 2, 2012, Dutchtown Middle School and Dutchtown Primary School, which both sit on the same campus, had been burglarized. On July 10, 2012, Dutchtown Middle School was burglarized a second time.

Sheriff's deputies says that not only were the schools burglarized, they were vandalized as well.

At Dutchtown Primary School, fire extinguishers had been set off in four classrooms, three other rooms had windows broken out, and two other rooms had been vandalized. At Dutchtown Middle School, a fire extinguisher was discharged outside of a temporary classroom and the glass face of a vending machine was damaged. At Dutchtown High School, fire extinguishers were set off in two school buses.

According to Bacala, school personnel are still inspecting their respective schools to determine any additional damages that were done and any additional items that were stolen. Besides the athletic equipment, it appears that only candy and small items were stolen from the schools.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala says that two of the teens who were arrested have past records with the Sheriff's Office. One of the teenagers had been arrested in 2011 for the theft of a bicycle and for criminal mischief involving a case where he and others were throwing rocks at passing vehicles where a motorcycle damaged. Another of the juveniles was also involved and arrested in the rock-throwing case.

All three teens, ages 14 and 15, are each charged with one count of burglary of Dutchtown High School, one count of Burglary of Dutchtown primary School, and two counts of burglary of Dutchtown Middle School.

All three are being held in the St. James Youth Detention Center pending a hearing before a judge that must be held within 72 hours of arrest.

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