Two juveniles are held in connection with Platte County High School break-in

02/18/2014 6:15 PM

02/18/2014 6:15 PM

Authorities have arrested a pair of 16-year-olds accused of breaking into Platte County High School early Monday, stealing computer equipment and causing extensive damage to the building.

The juveniles, whose names were not released, attend the high school. They were being held pending the filing of juvenile charges, police said Tuesday.

Police recovered numerous items after serving two search warrants at their homes and a wooded area in Platte City, police said.

The break-in occurred around 4 a.m. Monday at the school at 1501 Branch St. in Platte City. Two intruders climbed onto the roof in the rear of the school and broke through a computer lab window. They smashed about 30 computer monitors, flipped over items and stole several laptop computers and iPads.

They also smashed windows throughout the school and broke into administrative offices, where they stole computer equipment and caused other damage. They broke into a utility closet and vandalized the school’s telephone system. They destroyed several surveillance video cameras and they spray-painted graffiti inside and outside the school, according to police.

Police estimated the damages at $40,000 to $50,000.

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