Melbourne Police Arrest Five For Burglary of High School
By Space Coast Daily // April 29, 2014
investigation initiated due to two prior burglaries
ABOVE MAP: Melbourne Police Detectives arrested five suspects on burglary charges at the Palm Bay Magnet High School at 101 Pirate Lane in Melbourne, Florida.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police Detectives arrested five suspects, three of which were minors, on a variety of burglary charges after conducting surveillance at Palm Bay Magnet High School, according to the Melbourne police.
Among those arrested were Aaron Hayes, 19, of Merritt Island, and Bernard L. Love, 18, of Palm Bay. Both men were charged with Armed Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Trespass on School Grounds, Theft and Resisting Without Violence. Hayes was also charged in the two earlier burglaries that had occurred at the school.
The other three suspects are under 18-years-old. One of the minor suspects was also charged in the two earlier burglaries that had occurred at the school.
According to the Melbourne police, the operation, which took place last night, was initiated due to two prior burglaries that occurred at the school in the past two weeks.
At approximately 11:56 p.m., detectives spotted five suspects walking inside the hallways of the school. The suspects were wearing gloves and carried a hammer and flashlight. The five subjects stayed together and entered several classrooms as they were being observed by detectives.
According to the Melbourne police, while in the classrooms, these subjects stole items ranging from loose change to candy. It was also discovered that the subjects had attempted to force entry into a floor safe by using sledge hammers.
BCSO AVIATION UNIT CALLED
An apprehension plan involving numerous officers and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Aviation unit was put in place, and when confronted, all five suspects fled on foot in separate directions.
Two suspects were immediately apprehended and the other three were found in various locations throughout the campus to include a rooftop and under a portable classroom.
The Melbourne Police Department continues to investigate this incident. If you have any information please call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).
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