Sedona AZ (October 31, 2012) - On October 19, 2012, at approximately 10:30 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported alarm at Rimrock Public High School on Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, Arizona.
When deputies arrived, a school employee was present and indicated unknown suspects put a hole in a south building door to gain entry. The employee also discovered suspects had forced their way inside a school bus parked nearby, stolen a fire extinguisher from inside the bus, and sprayed its contents all over the bus exterior. Inside the building, suspects stole food and smashed out a window. The total damage estimate exceeded $2000 dollars.
Deputies gathered evidence from the scene, including video surveillance recordings, fingerprint and shoe sole impressions.
On October 23, 2012, school administrators were able to identify the four suspects and determined all currently attended nearby Beaver Creek Elementary School. The suspect’s ages ranged from 11 to 13.
On October 26, 2012, deputies located one of the suspects, 12-years-of-age, at his Rimrock home. The suspect admitted to the burglary and confirmed the identity of his three accomplices. He told deputies the group broke into the school to steal food. They initially forced their way into a bus and removed the fire extinguisher which was used, along with a shovel, to smash open a hole in the door. He also admitted the group sprayed the bus exterior with a fire extinguisher.
The suspect was arrested and transported to the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center where he was booked on charges including Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Criminal Damage, and Theft.
On October 30, 2012, two additional suspects, ages 13 and 11, were arrested at Beaver Creek School, 4810 East Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, Arizona and booked on the same charges. The fourth and final suspect has since moved from the area and his arrest is expected soon.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or visit the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.