JC Detectives Arrest Another Teen In Connection With School Destruction

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Four teenagers are facing charges in Junction City in connection with a break-in and vandalism at a local elementary school that left behind more than $250,000 in damage.

On Memorial Day, Junction City Police Officers responded to a shoplifting call involving three teens at Dollar General at 924 West 6th Street.

During the preliminary investigation, officials say items from Westwood School were located on the juveniles.

Officers then responded to Westwood Elementary School on North Eisenhower Street and discovered extensive damage through out the school.

A preliminary estimate of the damage is believed to be in excess of $250,000.00, according to Junction City detectives..

Two 15-year-olds and one 16 year old were taken in to custody and charged with Burglary, Theft, Felony Damage to Property and Conspiracy.

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, investigators announced that they arrested another 15-year-old from Junction City for Burglary, Theft, Conspiracy and Felony Damage to Property in the case. Sgt. Tricia Giordano with JCPD's Detective Division said in a press release that a search warrant was executed at a Junction City residence and evidence was discovered leading to the teen's arrest.

Sgt. Giordano says officers are still working with school officials to assess all of the damage. She tells WIBW that a significant amount of equipment at the school was damaged during the incident.

Junction City police are still actively working the case and ask that anyone with any information call the Junction City Police Department at 785-762-5912 or Crime Stoppers at 785-762-8477.

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