MEXICO – Three teenage boys are being charged with burglary, theft or receiving stolen property in connection with incidents at the vocational school.

Police Chief James Theriault said Tuesday afternoon two 17-year-old Mexico and Rumford boys, both students at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology, will be summoned later this week on two charges of burglary, two charges of theft, and one charge of criminal mischief.

A third boy, a 16-year-old Mountain Valley High School student, is being summoned on a charge of receiving stolen property.

On Nov. 19, a computer tower and a laptop computer were taken from the school. On Jan. 27, a laptop and set of wrenches were taken from the automotive lab after the glass in the doors to the lab and the instructor’s office were broken.

All items were recovered, Theriault said.

One of the boys was interviewed Sunday at his home by officer Brad Gallant after information was provided to police from students, teachers and the director of Region 9. Sgt. Roy Hodsdon and Theriault have also worked on the investigation.

Theriault said the three cases are being referred to a juvenile intake worker.

The three are scheduled to be arraigned in Rumford District Court on April 16. They are in the custody of their parents.

Director Brenda Gammon said the two vocational students being charged with the burglaries were dismissed from the school and will not be allowed to return. The sending school district will decide whether to take disciplinary action.


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