Teens accused of joyriding in stolen vehicles, breaking into school

Teens accused of joyriding in stolen vehicles, breaking into school

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two teenagers face several felony charges following an investigation into a school break-in, followed by a joyride into Region 8.

Sgt. Silas Gibson with the Marion County Sheriff's Office states a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old broke into the Yellville-Summit School District building early Sunday morning.

The teens came to the sheriff's office the same day with their parents/guardians and turned themselves over to authorities.

During interviews investigators learned the teens entered the school through an unlocked window and stole school property including iPads, food, money, a TV and a school maintenance truck.

The truck was load with the items and another vehicle was stolen from a local business by the teens, according to Gibson. Norfork was the next destination for the pair.

On their way to Norfork Gibson states one of the teens crashed in the truck into a tree on Arkansas Highway 201 in Baxter County. The truck was extensively damaged.

The teens loaded up the stolen items into the other vehicle and continued to Sheid Road south of Norfork.

The vehicle got stuck when the pair drove through a creek bed, Gibson says.

After abandoning the vehicle, the teens walked to a point where they could get a cell phone signal to call someone to pick them up.

Gibson says several stolen items were recovered, along with the vehicles.

The 12-year-old and 15-year-old face charges including commercial burglary, theft of property, theft of a vehicle, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Both were turned over to a juvenile detention center in Batesville.

Arkansas State Police and the Baxter County Sheriff's Office aided in the investigation.

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