BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Parents are outraged over a pair of burglaries at La Belle Aire Elementary and Belaire High School. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies busted two teens and a 12-year-old for the burglaries over the weekend, after they caused thousands of dollars in damage.
"That's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. Stealing property from a school it's ridiculous. It's a shame," Arondra Jackson, parent of two La Belle Aire students, explained.
Deputies say it happened around 4:20 Sunday morning. The alarm went off at the elementary school. Then security guards at Belaire High School noticed the trio on campus.
Deputies found the two teens and the twelve year old at the high school. Casey Rayborn Hicks, with EBRPSO said in a release, "The damage to the school was extensive, including broken doors, windows, and vending machines. Multiple rooms and offices were forcefully entered and ransacked. Initial entry appears to have been made through a classroom window that was broken out."
Deputies estimate the damage to the two schools cost more than $5,000.
The breakin was the talk of the carpool line Monday afternoon.
"I always felt like it wasn't safe. I always say a prayer for the school every morning before they go to school, so at least it didn't happen during school," Czaneta Wilson, parent to two La Belle Aire students, described.
Parents like Azalea Lindsey Cage, mother of two Belaire High School students were not surprised by the news.
"So much crime you get tired of hearing about it. Every day you turn on the tv it's something going on over here. It's not shooting it's somebody robbing over here," Cage exclaimed.
Parents said they'd like to see more security guards to help keep the kids safe.
"It's not as safe as it should be," Wilson said.
Others said parents are the problem.
"This community really needs to get together. I don't think nobody is caring what the kids are doing or anything. They are just letting them go free," Cage explained. "If they don't. I don't see it getting any better. I really don't."
Deputies recovered $22.00 in cash, 5 cell phones, 6 Ipods, and a projector that were stolen from the school's office and the money was stolen from three vending machines that were burglarized in the teacher's lounge.
Jackson had this message for teens: "To reconsider what you are doing, you know. You really don't know what you are getting yourself into it's ridiculous."
Deputies arrested DeAnthony Lathan, 19 and DyMarco hills, 17 on several charges including two counts Simple Burglary and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Deputies also arrested the 12-year-old on Burglary charges, though they're not releasing his name because of his age.