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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.



  1. talia on November 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    He broke his legs by running into a car? Sounds more like an injury that would be sustained from being hit BY a car.

    • Don Gosney on December 2, 2013 at 2:11 am

      I surely hope you’re not suggesting that the police targeted this vandal and tried to run him over. Without corroboration that would be a scurrilous accusation. Your accusation makes it sound as if this sweet angel of a child was walking around minding his won business–probably on the way to church after working at the old folks home–and was accosted by the crooked cop. Choose your words carefully.

      As fast as some of these felons-in-waiting can run at that age, and without benefit of looking where they’re going, they can do a lot of damage to their bodies and to the vehicles when they run into them full steam ahead.

      And if you read the article, it did NOT say that he broke his legs (more than one). What it said was that “multiple leg bones” were broken. This could mean that several bones in the same leg were broken.

  2. Wanda Berger on December 1, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Kind of makes it hard to support school taxes or donate to organizations helping the poor when you read that the very people you want to help are destroying the school their younger brothers and sisters likely attend.

    • Don Gosney on December 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

      They can’t be content with destroying their own homes–they have to go out and destroy the places where their siblings and neighbors go to improve their lives.

      I know the courts would never do it but it’d be fitting to require these sweet angels to go back and clean up their mess and repair their damage.

      • Kennedy Grad on December 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

        Similar criminals are destroying infrastructure all over Richmond. Public infrastructure has to be designed to be vandal proof as much as possible, these guys destroy everything, restrooms, abandoned buildings, park benches, slides in children’s playgrounds, everything.

  3. longdong on December 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

    Yea he ran into the side of the police cruiser top speed faster than usain bolt and broke both his legs lol yea rite we all kno the truth

  4. Kennedy Grad on December 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Great job by RPD!!! Thanks for catching these guys before they can do any more harm (to themselves as well as to others).

    Very impressive work by RPD, very hard to catch such criminals.

  5. juanita bruns on December 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Glad they caught them

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