Two teens charged in Stafford school break-in
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Two 14-year-old boys face charges after a deputy spotted them skateboarding and playing basketball inside a Stafford County school early Wednesday, police said.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Chris Smith went to 100 Wood Drive, the address for both A.G. Wright Middle and Garrisonville Elementary schools, at 2:23 a.m. in response to an alarm activation.
Multiple young people were gathered near the soccer field at the North Stafford schools, Kennedy said, and took off running into the woods when they saw Smith.
Other deputies found the youths on nearby Choptank Road a short time later, police said. Though they had been on school property, police determined they were not responsible for the alarm activation.
Smith returned to the school buildings and found an open door on the middle school side of the property. He continued to walk around the outside of the building and eventually looked through a window and saw two boys in the lighted gymnasium, skateboarding and playing basketball.
Smith went back to the open door and went into the building to confront the boys, who ran outside after seeing the deputy.
Kennedy said the boys ran in different directions, but Smith was able to catch one of them.
After determining who the second boy was, deputies went to his home and brought him back to the building along with a parent. Kennedy said the boy’s parents were not aware they were out of the home.
Both boys, who were not named because they are juveniles, are charged with breaking and entering, trespassing and obstruction of justice.
They were released to the parents pending their court appearances.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404