Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Police Find Homeless Teens Living In High School

Published : Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011, 8:35 PM CDT

Reporter: Kristin Crowley

MANITOWOC - At the end of Lincoln High's school day on Friday, March 18, when most students were heading home, Manitowoc police say two male teens instead set up camp.

“The kids admitted that they stayed in the school Friday night after school had let out. While in the school, the kids were able to go into a janitor’s office and they took the set of janitor’s keys,” said Manitowoc Police Capt. Jason Freiboth.

Keys that, Freiboth says, gave the teens access throughout the school.

“Allegedly they broke into several lockers, stealing personal property from other individuals,” said Freiboth. “The kids also broke into the cafeteria where they took various food items and drinks.”

Freiboth says the two teenagers were sleeping inside a boiler room at the high school. He says when police questioned them, they told officials they were homeless.

“In my career we’ve never seen anybody actually breaking into the school essentially trying to find a place to live,“ said Freiboth.

Freiboth says the teens chose not to go home, and were never reported as missing. But police were looking for them because they believe the teens had stolen from two area stores.

Freiboth says police got a tip that the two may be staying at the high school, and that's where authorities found them.

“The kids admitted to their involvement in retail theft and were taken into custody at that point,” said Freiboth.

School officials did not have any comment on the matter; however, they may take action at a later time.

Since March 21, officials say the teens have been in jail. Because it is not clear where the charges stand, FOX 11 is not naming the teens.

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