Two Juvenile Suspects Arrested, Third Suspect Wanted After Burglary at Endeavour Elementary School
By Space Coast Daily // February 7, 2018
"community came together and solved this crime," said Chief Cantaloupe
ABOVE VIDEO: Video surveillance capture three people breaking into Endeavour Elementary Magnet School located on Pineda Street in Cocoa on Sunday. Police detectives are seeking information following the incident.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police announced on Wednesday that two of three juvenile suspects identified through surveillance have been arrested for a weekend burglary and criminal mischief at Endeavour Elementary School.
A third male suspect has been identified by police and is still being sought at this time.
After video of the suspects was posted on the Cocoa Police Department’s Facebook page and shared across multiple social media pages and news media sites, multiple tips were received by authorities identifying the three juveniles responsible.
Information also began to spread at the school. Follow up investigations yielded enough probable cause to positively identify the suspects and arrest them for the crime.
“These suspects are in custody because the community came together and solved this crime,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe.
“There has to be consequences when individuals commit crime and we are grateful to all those who came forward to help lead our detectives to these suspects.”
On Sunday, February 4, officers responded to Endeavour Elementary School after an employee called to report a burglary.
When officers arrived, they recorded multiple classrooms had been entered and vandalized, along with several laptop computers and iPads that were stolen.
Police say the items taken were valued at more than $7,000.
After authorities reviewed the school’s security cameras, it showed the three suspects entering the campus at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3.
Detectives later learned the suspects, described as juveniles by police, broke into the classrooms using a tool to pry open the doors. The suspects sprayed the fire extinguisher throughout multiple classrooms and randomly tossed books and other items.
All three suspects are facing felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure, grand theft, felony criminal mischief, preventing or obstructing extinguishment of fire, and trespass on school property. One of the suspects arrested was turned over to the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center, while the other suspect arrested was released to his mother with a notice to appear in court.
Both suspects arrested have been identified as 12-year-old boys.
Police note that some of the stolen items, including an iPad, were recovered by authorities.
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