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Rooms ransacked, iPads stolen during Cocoa school break-in, police say

14- and 16-year-old arrested in burglary at Cambridge Elementary School


COCOA, Fla. – Two teenagers broke into nearly every classroom at a Cocoa elementary school, stealing several iPads and destroying property, police said.

The burglary was reported Monday morning, but police said the break-in occurred Saturday at Cambridge Elementary School.

According to Cocoa police, a school employee reported that several classrooms had been ransacked.

"Further investigation revealed nearly every classroom had been broken into, with property destroyed and multiple iPads taken," police said in a news release.

Police said a review of surveillance video showed that at least two people burglarized the school. Police on Monday released photos of the suspected burglars and said two boys, ages 16 and 14, were turned in by their parents, who recognized them on the video.

"They were there for quite a while. We have a time stamp that shows them there at noon and another one that shows them there at almost 2 o'clock so they were in there for a good bit," Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said.

Police said the teens made a forced entry into the building through windows and stole keys to classrooms, from which they stole approximately 18 iPads.

"Most of it was just throwing things around," Martinez said. "We had to get assistance from the sheriff's office crime scene to help us process it because it was so vast."

Police said the teens will face felony charges.

Suduffia Carroll has children who attend Cambridge Elementary School.

"That's crazy. They're honestly taking away the stuff that the kids are learning with," Carroll said. "I just hope they can put the guys away who did it."

Police initially said the teens were released into their parents' custody after turning themselves in Monday, but then provided an update on the situation later that evening.

The teens are being sent to the Juvenile Detention Center. "They were not released with a court date, as stated earlier," police said.


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