Teen charged as adult in high school break-in | News
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - One of the two teens charged in this week's break-in and subsequent vandalism to Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School is now being charged as an adult.
16-year-old Justin Hubbard has been charged with grand larceny, burglary and malicious injury after sheriff's deputies say he and a 14-year-old gained access to the high school on Sunday night around 10 p.m. and stole
laptops and televisions and damaged 20 classrooms and offices throughout the
Ravenell said the teens were startled when the fire alarm went off as
the pair sprayed fire extinguishers around 3:30 a.m. The Sheriff's
Office was notified by the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety after
they responded to the alarm.
Students were sent home shortly after 10 a.m. Monday after district and law enforcement officials decided the mess left behind and investigation would take most of the day.
"It took the vandals longer to destroy the school than it took us to identify and take them into custody," said Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. "This is an extremely serious incident, not just because of the potential for injury left behind by the vandalism but also because of the manpower from law enforcement, the property to replace and damages to repair throughout the school, and the interruption of the school day."
Officers executed a search warrant at the home of one of the juveniles and located several items that have been reported missing Monday morning from the school, Ravenell said.
More than 20 law enforcement officers, including forensic services, investigations and school resource officers, were part of the initial response at the school.
The pair is charged with burglary - second degree, grand larceny, and malicious injury to personal property over $10,000.
This investigation continues as deputies identify additional items that were stolen.
If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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