JPD: Kids caught on camera breaking into Annie Camp

Kids caught on camera breaking into Annie Camp

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While most kids look forward to getting out of school for summer, police say some kids found a way to get into a Jonesboro school. Now they could face commercial burglary charges.

Surveillance video shows three teens break out the window of a back door at Annie Camp Junior High School, 1814 W. Nettleton, Thursday night at 11:37.

The teens, according to the initial incident report, spent 30 minutes inside the school, "wandering around."

The suspects entered several unsecured rooms and the library. The video showed them leaving the library carrying what appeared to be several books.

"We looked through the building and can find no significant items of value that were taken and could find no real damage," Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks said. "It appears they kind of just pilfered through the school and picked up some small items."

Principal William Cheatham, who reported the break-in on Monday, identified two of the suspects.

He said the same three suspects, along with two others, returned to the school Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and "spent several hours…roaming the halls."

According to the report, surveillance video showed the suspects entering several rooms, including the teachers lounge, and using wheelchairs taken from the nurse's office to travel around the school.

"At the Jonesboro School District we have security cameras. So we have video footage anytime anything occurs and we are able to watch that footage and usually solve the case," Wilbanks said. "So in this particular case we turned over that footage to the Jonesboro Police Department."

Cheatham said the culprits stole an unknown amount of miscellaneous property.

At the time of the report, he was still reviewing the video footage and told police he may have some teachers come to the school to determine what was stolen.

If arrested, the suspects could be charged with felony commercial burglary, as well as misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief charges.

"Even though there was no significant items stolen there was still the damage to the building so we will have to pursue that. So it is not a good choice to enter a building in the summer," Wilbanks said.

Anyone with information on this break-in should call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).

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