Local middle school break-in may be linked to other school burglaries

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) A break-in early Friday morning at a middle school in Harker Heights that led to four arrests may be related to recent burglaries at other schools, the Killeen ISD said.

“Investigations continue at this time to determine appropriate criminal charges and suspects will be identified upon issuance of formal charges,” the school district said in a press release Friday afternoon.

Officers responded at around 1:10 a.m. Friday to reports from an off-site security operation that people had been spotted outside Union Grove Middle School at 101 East Iowa Dr. and had forced their way into the building.

Harker Heights officers established a perimeter around the campus and then found a vehicle at the back of the school with two adults inside.

One juvenile suspect was captured inside the building and a second juvenile was caught walking out of the school.

A search of the building, with the assistance of K9 units, turned up no other suspects.

Police discovered that a number of locks in the school had been cut and found a set of bolt cutters in the building, an arrest affidavit says.

Officers found a number of computers including MacBooks stacked up in the building, the affidavit said.

The juveniles evidently gained entry to the building by breaking a window, the affidavit said.

The vehicle in which the two adults were found contained a receipt for the bolt cutters as well as the orange and white gloves the juveniles had with them, the affidavit said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.

Tips may also be submitted online.