Thursday, August 27, 2009

Teens caught

Great work finding these folks.

We'll take it from here.

Five students arrested in school arson


Five high school students were arrested Tuesday for their suspected involvement in two burglaries of Canyon High School between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.

Two 16 year olds and two 15 year olds, all male, were arrested by investigators on charges of at least one count of burglary of a building, which is a state jail felony.

The only person who is not a minor in this case, Adam Beers, 18, of New Braunfels, was arrested on charges of one count of burglary. All five were students at Canyon High School at the time of the burglaries; one of the 15-year-olds since transferred to a school in San Marcos.

An initial arson investigation into a trash can fire at the school gymnasium Aug. 8 revealed the gym had been vandalized and burglarized. Fire investigators worked almost three weeks interviewing witnesses and suspects. With the help of New Braunfels Police Department, the investigators made the arrests after a search of one of the suspects’ residence revealed exercise clothing, bags and electronic equipment belonging to the school gym.

Beers and three of the teenagers were additionally arrested on charges of arson, a second-degree felony. The 15-year-old from San Marcos was not charged with arson.

“We believe we have arrested everybody involved in the arson and the burglaries,” said Patrick O’Connell, fire marshal for the New Braunfels Fire Department. “(The investigators) did an excellent job and did some really solid police work.”