School surveillance tapes lead to arrest of four teen-age girls
SALEM -- Police have arrested four teenage girls in connection with a break-in at Reilly Elementary.
The youths were arrested recently after evidence gathered from surveillance tapes at the school led investigators to them, Lt. Don Beeson said today.
The tapes showed that one of the girls involved in the Aug. 13 break-in was wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey with Troy Aikman's name on the back. Investigators saw the girl wearing the jersey around town, Beeson explained.
Two of the girls arrested are 13; the other two are 16. Three are from Salem, and one is from Beloit, Beeson said.
After being arrested, they were turned over to their parents while they await charges being filed in Columbiana County Juvenile Court.
Police say they also are seeking a 17-year-old Salem boy as an accomplice.
Police say the teens entered the school, 491 Ohio Ave., through an unsecured door.
While inside, the teens ate ice cream and candy bars and ransacked desks, police said. Also, they took a videocassette recorder and a plastic traffic light, police said. Those items have been recovered.
School officials have secured the door the youngsters used to get inside the school.