8 Students Busted for Breaking into DFS School

Eight teenagers from Walton County were arrested by DeFuniak Springs Police on charges of twice breaking into West DeFuniak Elementary School during their Spring Break.

Police were called to the school on March 29 and March 30 after teachers determined that someone had entered the school through a window.

Papers were scattered throughout the hallways at the school. Blue syrup had been spread around the teachers lounge. And several of the teachers' mailboxes had been opened and the contents removed.

Video surveillance equipment at the school showed the crimes occurred between 10:30 p.m. on March 28 and 12:30 a.m. on March 29.

Police were called again the next day and were told another incident had occurred the previous night with the same window used to enter the building. Some food items were reported missing, and locked storage closets showed signs of tampering.

After again reviewing video surveillance recordings, officers were able to identify a number of juvenile suspects, all students for other Walton County schools.

During the investigation, officers were told by some of the students that they broke into the school because they were "bored" during spring break.

Eight juveniles were arrested, including three boys, ages 13, 14 and 15; four 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl.

Police said one of the juveniles had taken her 7-year-old sister into the school with her, but the younger girl was not charged.

All eight of the suspects were charged with various counts of burglary and criminal mischief, based on their involvement.

They were booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections on April 5, 2012 and later released to their parents or guardians.


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