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Court records: Beer-drinking burglars charged with trying to steal from Lakewood elementary school

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on March 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
March 3, 2013 11:19 pm

Beer-drinking burglars weren’t successful in stealing electronics from a Lakewood elementary school, court records show.

The group of five, accused of breaking into portables at Oakwood Elementary School and taking cameras and computers from the buildings, pleaded not guilty Friday.

The five, ranging from 18- to 25-years-old, pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft Friday in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to court records:

Officers responded to Oakwood at 3:16 a.m. Thursday after a report that alarms were set off in two portable buildings, which police confirmed had been broken into.

When one suspect saw police, he dropped seven laptop computers taken from the school, valued at more than $750, and kept running when the officer told him to stop. Officers later found him, and he admitted he crawled through an open window of a portable and stole the computers.

Another suspect, when told to stop running, asked the officer to pick up several cell phones, a digital camera and a Flip video recorder at his feet and put them in his pocket.

The cameras belonged to the school.

The suspect said he had been drinking beer with friends under the covered basketball area, when they decided to burglarize the school, and was very forthright, according to police.

One of his codefendants, who initially denied having any idea what was going on, was less so.

He changed his statement to say he had been in the basketball area with friends — after officers told him they had seen him walking near the portables — but maintained he didn’t know anything about a burglary.

He had been walking next to the suspect carrying the seven computers.

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