Juvenile arrested in school vandalism

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A 17-year old juvenile was arrested Sunday morning following a 24 hour investigation of theft and vandalism of the Manila School.

According to Manila Chief of Police James Skinner, three buildings, the agri, high school, and elementary buildings, were broken into during the early hours of Saturday, Sept. 12.

A substantial amount of damage was done.

Chief Skinner praised the school staff and Sgt. Delbert Carter for their work.

The suspect was transported to the juvenile detention center at Mississippi County Sheriff's Department on Sunday.

Charges include three counts of commercial burglary; three counts of criminal mischief, felony; and theft of property.

Manila's assistant superintendent Chris Ferrell commended the work by the Manila Police Department for their quick action.

"They wrapped it up in about 24 hours," Ferrell said. "We are still assessing the total amount of damage. I also want to commend our employees, Kent Moore and his staff, for coming in and doing a fabulous job getting everything cleaned up and back in place before the start of school on Monday morning. I am also pleased we have the equipment in place to help law enforcement in situations like this one."

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