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Vandals break into Thunder Bay Jr. High two times

Submitted by on June 8, 2010 – 7:54 amNo Comment

Thunder Bay Junior High School was broken into on two separate occasions over the past week.

Alpena County Sheriff Deputies were first alerted to a burglary last Tuesday, that occurred sometime over the Memorial Day weekend.  Thieves stole 6 lap top computers on that occasion.  The second break in occurred late Friday night or early Saturday morning when over $3,000 in digital cameras, external computer hard drives and other computer-related equipment was stolen.

The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of two junior high school students along with a 17 year-old high school student.  The two minors were released to their parents and the 17 year-old was lodge in jail.  The three suspects are all charged with breaking and entering. 

Principal Steve Genshaw credits liaison officer Eric Smith with breaking open the case.  Genshaw said students feel comfortable speaking with Smith because of the relationships he has built with them. 

Police were able to recover most of the stolen property, including items taken from numerous vehicles during Alpena High’s recent Senior lock-in event.  Other arrests are expected for receiving and concealing stolen property.

Anyone who had their vehicle broken into during the high school lock-in event is asked to contact the sheriff’s department or city police.