Five charged in school break-in
PIPER CITY — Five Piper City teens were charged with felonies Wednesday for allegedly breaking into Tri-Point Junior High School and stealing computers and other equipment.
State's Attorney Matt Fitton filed charges in Ford County Circuit Court against Edward R. King, 18; Colin Ray Movern, 18; Nicholas Raimondo, 20; Pedro J.E. Ramirez, 19; and Jeremiah Woodworth, 18.
Each was charged with one count of burglary, a Class 1 felony; theft of $500 to $10,000, a Class 2 felony; and criminal damage to government-supported property, a Class 4 felony.
All but Woodworth had posted bond to be released from the Ford County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon. Preliminary hearings have not been set.
The five teens allegedly broke into the Piper City school earlier this month, according to the Piper City Police Department.
Piper City Police Chief Fred Fanning said he was called to the school at 7 a.m. July 8 and met with the school's janitor, who showed Fanning an open window at the back of the school where the girls' locker room is located.
The school's surveillance system showed people moving through the school, Fanning said. He said they stole laptop computers, projection cameras, a stereo, computers, computer monitors and cameras. Found damaged were four cabinets, Fanning said.