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Teen school break-in suspects face more charges


Published:   |   Updated: July 19, 2013 at 01:22 PM

Two Pasco teens already in custody received additional charges Wednesday in connection with a New Port Richey school burglary in June.

The teens, in custody at the Pasco Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Dade City, were each given a felony charge of burglary of a business. They are accused of the June 25 burglary of Calusa Elementary School.

They were originally arrested for the Feb. 19 burglary of Chasco Middle School in which about $6,000 worth of Apple computer equipment was stolen as well as a May 26 burglary of Calusa Middle School, netting more then $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products, deputies said.

On June 25, the teens broke into a storage shed near the Ridgewood High School baseball field, causing $800 in damage to the lock, and stole a bat, according to an arrest report.

The teens, wearing gloves and masks then scaled a fence surrounding Calusa Elementary School, which is next door to Ridgewood, and used the bat to break in.

In the process of the break-in, a surveillance camera was smashed with the bat, deputies said, causing $400 in damage. The pair broke into the school with the bat, but left taking just the damaged camera, which was later thrown into a lake.

The pair is part of a group accused of burglaries at several schools in the county between Oct. 15 and March 17, the sheriff's office said. During that time frame, the crew of at least six people gathered $164,131 in stolen equipment - mainly Apple products - and caused $1,475 in property damage. The group broke into Ridgewood High School, Calusa and Chasco elementary schools and Chasco Middle School, detectives said.

Alexis Ortiz, 19, was arrested March 18, followed by the arrest of a 17-year-old on March 20 and another 17-year-old on April 1.

A fourth person, Jonathan Allen Cordon, 23, of 10800 Darius St., Port Richey, was arrested April 19 two weeks after he pawned an Apple MacBook, deputies said. His roommate, Joseph Matthew Moore, 25, was arrested in February for selling a MacBook from Calusa, deputies said.

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