In the early morning hours of Wednesday May 7, Springfield Police officers responded to a burglary alarm at Springfield Elementary School School, located at 502 School Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found several classrooms had been forcibly entered. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that several electronic items had been stolen in addition to damage done around the school.
Investigators were already working a previous burglary at the school on April 7, which was similar in nature. Panama City Police were also working multiple burglaries involving Margaret K. Lewis School at 203 N. East Avenue and Oscar Patterson Elementary School at 1025 Redwood Avenue.
Springfield investigators teamed up with the Panama City Police Department and before the day was over, six juveniles had been identified and taken into custody on a variety of charges, including burglary, grand theft, criminal mischief and other charges.
Previously, Panama City Police had arrested two other juveniles for the first burglary at Margaret K. Lewis School.
Officers from both agencies have obtained pick-up orders for another juvenile, bringing the total of defendants in these seven school burglaries to nine.
A quantity of electronics including iPads, iPods and other items have been recovered.
The investigation by both agencies is continuing. Anyone with information about the burglary of any school is encouraged to call the Panama City Police at 872-3112 or the Springfield Police at 872-7545 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.
Information provided by the Springfield Police Department