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Some suspects in school burglaries are children
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Escambia sheriff's investigators say they've nabbed the culprits who stole nearly 100,000 dollars in equipment from two elementary schools. Although the burglaries are not connected, some of the suspects in both crimes are children.
Thieves took about $30,000 worth of electronics from Montclair Elementary, last month.
Then about two weeks ago, Molino Park Elementary lost 60,000 dollars worth of technology in a burglary. The investigation and the people arrested. So far, nine people have been arrested in the school burglaries at Molino and Montclair. Some of them, as young as 11 years old.
This day in age, iPads, lap tops, and projectors are just as important to the learning process, as the chalkboard was many years ago. Both Molino Park and Montclair Elementary schools, each suffered a huge blow when thousands of dollars worth of electronics were stolen.
Escambia County Resident Lisa Prell said, "I think it's very important for them to start doing something about it, they might see it as petty theft but it's a lot more than that."
In the Molino burglary, Escambia Sheriff deputies arrested Rodriquez Young, 19, Tatanya Blackmon, 18, Tracy Lett, 14, Lamond Brown, 13, Jacob Lett, 11.
Escambia County Resident Jackie Bashaw said, "That's a terrible thing, the kids need all that stuff nowadays there's no other way they can learn."
Surveillance cameras caught six people wandering the halls of Montclair Elementary with stolen property. Four of the six have been arrested: Ladarrius Puryear, 15, Ceasar Harris, 13, Jamal Mosely, 13, and Axtavian Harris 11.
The two other suspects in the Montclair burglary, go by the street names, AJ seen here carrying a stick, and "Boo Man seen here holding an iPad.
Escambia Co. Resident Steve Gaiser said, "Now they're targeting schools, I have grandchildren that go to the schools you know it's horrifying, you're really dealing with some desperate people to sink that low."
Escambia County School Superintendent, Malcolm Thomas says the district is working to replace the stolen property. In addition to surveillance cameras, the district is also considering beefing up security after-hours with alarms and motion detectors. The burglaries at Molino and Montclair are not connected.
If you have any information to help find the other two suspects, please call Crime Stoppers.