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Five Arrests Made In Molino Park Burglary; Many Stolen Items Burned

August 28, 2013
[Updated] Two adults and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with the burglary and vandalism of Molino Park Elementary school on August 9.  Over $60,000 in property was stolen, and the school sustained another $7,000 in damages.  Most the stolen items  — including computers and iPads– were burned by the suspects.
Tatanya Zahna Blackmon, an 18-year old female from the 2400 block of North Highway 29 in Cantonment, and Rodriques Ricardo Young, a 19-year old male from the 1300 block of Barth Road in Molino were both booked into the Escambia County Jail on Monday afternoon. Both were charged with grand theft, larceny, criminal mischief with property damage, destroying evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Both remained in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $90,000.
Tracy Deshawn Lett, 14, Jacob Lett, 11, and Vashawn Lamond Brown, 13, were charged with grand theft, larceny and criminal mischief. The suspects were identified by Sheriff’s investigators with the assistance and cooperation of the Escambia County School District.
On Wednesday, August 21, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators responded to the  1200 block of Barth Road in reference to recovered property relating to the burglary.
Many of the stolen items were found burned.  “So much of the stuff is destroyed,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. “So much of it is just malicious mischief by teenagers.”
Thousands of dollars worth of electronics were stolen from throughout the school, including Apple computers, iPads, Wii gaming systems, cameras used by the school’s student-operated closed circuit TV station, along with other items. As teachers returned to work Monday, items were still being discovered missing and inventoried.
They stole computers that are needed for education; they stole from our kids,” Molino Park Principal Alice Woodward said shortly after the crime. “These were items directly used by our students.”
Portions of the school were also  vandalized during the break-in. Ceiling tiles were damaged or destroyed throughout the campus, and holes were punched in walls. A vending machine was also toppled and burglarized.
Pictured inset left: Numerous ceiling tiles were damaged during the burglary and vandalism. Pictured below:  Three Apple computers were stolen from this desk in a computer lab. Pictured below: Surveillance video shows two people running through the school at 9:17 p.m. on August 9. Pictured inset: An overturned and burglarized vending machine in the school. photos, click to enlarge.

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