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Stolen items taken from vandalized middle school found in desert; Teens arrested
By: Jesse Martinez
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Police arrested two juvenile boys accused of vandalizing and burglarizing Mesa Middle School over the Memorial Day weekend.
Police said the pair of 14-year-olds caused more than $10,000 in damage by breaking windows and spray painting graffiti on several walls.
At least 20 iPod Touch devices, iPads and a laptop computer were stolen from the school, police said.
School personnel learned that the school was vandalized the morning of May 28. A few days later, a passerby found several burial mounds in a desert area north of Las Cruces, police said.
The sheriff's office was notified and investigators recovered property stolen from the school.
Among the buried items, investigators found an ID card belonging to another student who was interviewed by police.
The interview led police to the two teens, police said. It was determined that one of the arrested teens buried the stolen items in the desert days after the incident.
On Wednesday, the teens were issued juvenile class three citations. They were charged with one count each of nonresidential burglary and criminal damage to property.
Additionally, one of the teens was charged with one count of tampering with evidence.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.