Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:45 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Third suspect sought in school break-in
by Susan Allen

GRETHEL Two juveniles were arrested and police are searching for another man in connection with the burglary and vandalism Tuesday at Stumbo Elementary in which thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment and school materials were stolen.

Kentucky State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Jimmy Joe Hall of Galveston in connection with the incident.

The two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were taken to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center and lodged on third-degree burglary charges.

Trooper David Watkins located the two juveniles and took them into custody. The majority of the items stolen, which included computers, school and electrical supplies, have been recovered.

The older portion of the school was also vandalized and was discovered early Tuesday morning by school employees who had arrived early, superintendent Paul Fanning said.

Tips from residents in the community, school staff and state police allowed for a quick, thorough investigation which led to the arrests and recovery of the items taken, Fanning said.

Classes were canceled Tuesday because of the damage and because the school had become a crime scene, the superintendent said. Community members also helped school staff clean up the damage, he said.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the location of Hall can contact state police at 1-800-222-5555 or 433-7711. Det. Phil Bowersock is investigating the incident.

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