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Youths allegedly steal $26,000 of school’s computer equipment

December 14, 2011
Westfield Republican
PANAMA — Two youths have been charged after allegedly taking $26,000 worth of computer equipment from a local school.

Police have the two youths in custody after an investigation into a summer burglary at Panama Central School.

Both youths, 17 years old from Panama, were charged with third-degree felony burglary and third-degree grand larceny.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, in July the Panama Central School District reported a break-in where more than $26,000 of computer-related equipment was stolen from inside the school.

The Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation, and some of the equipment was recovered. The two 17-year-old male students of the school were taken into custody.

They were arraigned in Harmony Town Court in front of Judge Bruce Scolton and later released to their respective parents.

Police say there are more arrests forthcoming from the investigation within the next week.


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