Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Boys caused thousands in damage to middle school in Land O'Lakes

LAND O'LAKES — Two boys were arrested Tuesday after, deputies say, they caused thousands of dollars in damage to school property.

The boys, 10 and 12, broke into a school bus parked at Imagine Middle School about 6 p.m. June 9, according to Pasco sheriff's reports. They took a fire extinguisher and hosed down the bus' interior then kicked open the back door, breaking its hinge.

On Monday, about the same time, they broke into five portable buildings at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, 18654 Mentmore Boulevard, the report states. They destroyed books, dumped paint on the floors and vandalized three of the buildings. Investigators estimated the damage at $7,500.

The boys, who are not being named due to their ages, were caught on surveillance tape and later confessed during questioning by deputies, the reports state.

Both were charged with auto burglary, obstructing a fire extinguisher and burglary with over $1,000 in damage.

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