Three juveniles apprehended in Grant Elementary School break-in
on November 25, 2013
After multiple break-ins at Grant Elementary School, Richmond Police said they caught three juveniles yesterday in the act.
Sunday morning at 9:25, police officers responded to a resident’s call, saying three teenagers were breaking into a classroom at Grant Elementary School, on the 2400 block of Downer Avenue, said Richmond Police Captain Mark Gagan.
Three police officers surrounded the school and located a 13- and 14-year old and took them into custody on the premises, said Gagan.
A third suspect, age 14, jumped out of the window of a portable classroom and tried to run away, but in doing so ran into the street between two cars and into the side of a police car. The police vehicle was taking position on the perimeter of the school. The 14-year old, suffering from broken leg bones, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland, said Gagan.
“We have a very bizarre crime that occurred at the school,” said Gagan. Officers found cleaning projects like bleach, liquid soap, carpet powders and paint poured over desks inside the classroom. Furniture and plants were knocked over and chalkboards were pulled off the wall.
The police estimated $2,000 damage was done in yesterday’s break-in, said Gagan.
This break-in comes on the heels of a November 21st incident in which items were stolen, computer equipment was damaged, and the school grounds were vandalized, said Gagan. Several break-ins were also reported over the summer starting in August.
The Grant Elementary School principal was not available for comment.
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