Persistence paid off for county police, who staked out a Glen Burnie elementary school and arrested two Millersville youths they believe are responsible for seven break-ins in a two-week period.
A 15-year-old boy was charged with seven counts of second-degree burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools. A 14-year-old boy was charged with five counts of second-degree burglary. Both were released to their parents.
After a string of four break-ins at Southgate Elementary School beginning July 23, officers set up overnight surveillance inside the building in the first block of Shetlands Lane. For the first four nights, all was quiet, and Officers Craig Larkin and Anthony H. Mills discontinued their stakeout Sunday night.
Then Monday night, burglars broke into the library by climbing onto the roof, taking covers off an air vent, squeezing through the vent and into the ceiling above the library, police said.
They stole a computer and took a key to one of the school doors from the boiler room, police said.
The officers came back late Tuesday, but their timing was bad. The culprits broke in through the rooftop vent again about 1: 30 a.m. -- just after the officers left. As in the first four break-ins, they took nothing.
Yesterday, police said the culprits used the key taken in the burglary Monday and walked in through the school doors shortly before 2 a.m. This time, their luck ran out. The officers, hidden in the boiler room, caught the younger boy as he walked by. The older boy ran from police, who searched for him with dogs.
Police arrested the older boy at his home shortly before 3 a.m. Officers found the school's computer at the boy's home and returned it. Police did not have a value on the computer.
Police also found shoes in the boys' homes that matched the footprints left in previous burglaries.
Southgate wasn't the only school hit by burglars last weekend.
Severn School in Severna Park and Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park lost thousands of dollars worth of video cassette recorders, camcorders and other electronic equipment, county police said.
Severn administrator Brian Johnson called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday to report that burglars had taken two camcorders from the school's computer room.
Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the school in the 200 block of Water St., but two interior doors were forced open and hinges were taken from doors leading to the school's computer room.
Once inside the computer room, the culprit kicked open a storage room door and took two camcorders, two carrying cases, 10 videocassette tapes and a light kit. The items were together valued at $2,396, police said.
Park Elementary Principal Diane L. Lenzi, called police shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday when she and two school system administrators discovered during a security demonstration Monday that three video cassette recorders were missing.
Police said Board of Education project managers Alice Burley and Greg Evans had brought 35 VCRs to the school in the 200 block of 11th Ave. Friday and locked them in a storage room secured with padlocks and a door lock.
When they returned Monday, they found three VCRs, together valued at nearly $1,000, were missing. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.
Pub Date: 8/08/96