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Police: Cameras catch preteens stealing, damaging school bus in Harrington

HARRINGTON, Del. - Police say that three juveniles were arrested on September 5 after an investigation into criminal mischief involving a school bus, in Harrington.

According to the Harrington Police Department, on Tuesday, September 5, officers were called to Walt Messick Road for a report of a criminal mischief involving a school bus. Police arrived and met with the victim who reported that over the Labor Day weekend, unknown suspects went into a parked school bus and damaged the seats and stole items.

Also, other vehicles on the property were reportedly broken into and items were taken. Police say that the suspects also moved the school bus to a different location on the property. Police identified the suspects due to the cameras on the bus.

Police learned that when the bus started and moved, the cameras inside the bus activated and started recording. When the suspects moved the bus, they were recorded on the camera and that's how police were able to identify them.

The suspects were ages 11 and 10 and all three were from Harrington. After identifying the suspects, police received warrants for their arrests. They all later turned themselves into the Harrington Police Department and were processed. They were each charged with third degree conspiracy, two counts of theft under $1,500, criminal mischief under $1,000 and third degree criminal trespassing.

All three juveniles were released to the custody of their parents pending a future court appearance in Kent County Family Court.


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