ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica— An 18-year-old student and a minor were charged on Thursday in connection with a break-in at the Sydney Pagon Stem Academy in Elim district, Braes River, St Elizabeth.
Police said more than $2 million worth of items were stolen from the institution during the break-in last month.
The student, Kessonnal Banton, from Elim district, and the 17-year-old minor, have been charged with school house breaking and larceny and receiving stolen property.
It was reported that around 3:30 pm on Friday, February 3, school officials securely locked the office and left for home. On their return shortly after 7:00 am on Monday, February 6, the break-in was discovered.
The culprits reportedly broke into the office by forcing open a glass sliding louvre window, entered an adjoining office and stole 65 Samsung tablets valued at $1,950,000.
They then ransacked the staff room and stole a Dell laptop computer and $5,100.
On Wednesday, police carried out operations in Mitcham and Elim districts in the parish, and the two accused were found with the stolen tablets in their possession.
They were taken into custody and following further investigations, were subsequently charged.
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