Juvenile faces grand larceny
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:00 AM
A juvenile was charged Friday with breaking into the Neshoba Central High School gym and taking 20 pairs of athletic shoes as well as an ATV which was parked on campus, the authorities said.
He was arrested after the ATV, which had been repainted blue, ran out of gas on Bennett Street.
The break-in occurred before daylight Friday morning, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
"We have charged a 15-year-old juvenile," he said, "and he has been taken to the Scott County Youth Detention Center."
The sheriff said the arrest was made only a few hours after employees at Neshoba Central reported a break-in at the high school gym.
Taken from the school were a Gator all-terrain vehicle and about 20 pairs of Nike athletic shoes.
Some computer monitors were damaged during the break in, Waddell said.
"Entry was made by removing an air conditioning unit and climbing through the hole," he said.
The incident was captured on video and showed a person wearing a ski mask and sunglasses, Waddell said.
When two school employees arrived later that morning, they discovered the burglary and called deputies.
About an hour after the incident was reported, deputies spotted the juvenile with the ATV off Bennett Street.
"He had been driving it around and ran out of gas," Sheriff's Investigator Kevin Baysinger said.
Sheriff Waddell added that the juvenile had tried to disguise the ATV by painting it blue.
Assisting Baysinger in the investigation was Deputy Kenny Spencer with assistance from city Police Investigator Fredesz Moore.