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Graffiti led to kids' arrest for burglarizing Dededo school

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A group of kids are spending some time in Mangilao accused in a string of school breakins and burglaries.

According to Guam Police Department spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia, it was Tuesday night that a boy was brought to the Dededo Precinct and implicated in the recent break ins at Wettengel Elementary School. He along with four other minors between the ages of 11 and 14 have been taken into custody and detained at the Department of Youth Affairs. Juvenile Investigation Section Special Agent CJ Cruz confirms there were at least three breakins at the school, saying, "With those three preliminary reports divided into total, there were 15 rooms that were burglarized."

All used the same method of operation: breaking in through the windows, stealing snacks, using the same graffiti symbol, and spraying a fire extinguisher. "How were they all tied in, it was all because of that one specific MO, which is graffiti, which led to these minors getting apprehended."

According to Cruz, cooperation from the Wettengel Elementary Parent Teacher Organization eventually broke the case. Parents were told details about the breakin and shown photos of the graffiti. One parent recognized the symbol as something she had seen on her son's friend, as well as noticed they had an abundance of snacks. She confronted her son about it, and eventually reported it to police.

"I would like to thank the PTO the staff from the PTO as well as Wettengel staff and the Dededo precinct for their hard work," said Cruz.

Cruz said he hopes other schools and community members will follow this example, saying without the PTOs help, it would have been a hard case to crack.

The five minors currently detained are charged with burglary, criminal mischief, theft of property, graffiti, crimes against the community, conspiracy to commit burglary, guilt established by complicity, criminal trespass, beyond control, and curfew violation. The investigation is ongoing.

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