Teens Accused Of Causing $50,000 In Damage To Local School Arrested

By: Stephanie Hedrick Email
By: Stephanie Hedrick Email

GROESBECK (April 5, 2013)--Groesbeck police arrested two teenage boys Friday in connection with a break-in and vandalism last weekend that caused about $50,000 in damage at Groesbeck Middle School

Groesbeck police Chief Jerri Almy said both boys, ages 14 and 15,were arrested Friday and taken to the Limestone County Juvenile Detention Center to await appearances in court.

The boys' names were withheld because of their ages.

State law requires juveniles appear for an initial court hearing within 10 days of detention.

Almy said one of the boys attends the middle school and the other is home-schooled.

Police talked with school district officials Thursday who estimated the total amount of damage done at the school would be around $50,000.

Both juveniles are facing possible burglary of a building and criminal mischief charges, Almy said.

Police were able to identify the teens through a series of tips from residents, Almy said.

Almy said burglars broke into the building and then into several classrooms sometime between March 29 and April 1.

Most of the damage was done in the art classroom and the library.

The burglars gathered paint from the art room and splashed it on walls and floors throughout the building.

Groesbeck Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Harold Ramm said several computers, projectors and other electronics were damaged.

Damage to the building was significant enough that students were moved to classes in other buildings for a few days while workers cleaned up the mess.

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