Three teenage boys have been released into the custody of their parents after being arrested in connection with the burglary of the Fox Chapel Middle School in Spring Hill.
According to Denise Moloney, public relations manager for the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), surveillance cameras at the Fox Chapel Middle School, 9412 Fox Chapel Lane in Spring Hill, captured images of three males, all wearing face coverings and carrying a bat, a hammer, and a screwdriver, entering and prowling through several buildings on the school campus between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 16.
School surveillance cameras also captured images of the males removing a ROKU device and a drill from the campus.
On Dec. 18, detectives identified Logan B, 17, as a possible suspect when he arrived at Weeki Wachee High School wearing the same unique hoodie that was worn by one of the young men during the Spring Hill school burglary.
Detectives made contact with Logan B at Weeki Wachee High School, who, after he was Mirandized, admitted to entering the Fox Chapel Middle School after hours and stealing a Roku device. After he told detectives that the device was located at his home, detectives recovered the device the following day.
Logan B was arrested and charged with the burglary of an unoccupied structure and possession of burglary tools.
He also identified Neil C, 15, and Aaron W, 14, both students at Weeki Wachee High School, as the other two teens involved in the burglary.
On Dec. 19, detectives returned to Weeki Wachee High School to talk with Neil C and Aaron W. After being Mirandized, Aaron W admitted to committing the burglary and identified Neil C and Branson as participating in it, too. He also told investigators that he had no stolen property in his possession. Aaron W was arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and possession of burglary tools.
Because Neil C was not at school that day, detectives located him and his mother at their home in Spring Hill. Subsequently, detectives saw that Neil C appeared to be wearing the same pants that he had worn during the burglary.
Investigators spoke with Neil C’s mother, who identified her son as one of the teens inside the school. She also told them that in the video, her son was wearing the blue hoodie that he had received when he participated in a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program at another school.
After he was Mirandized, Neil C initially denied taking part in the burglary, but once detectives told him that he was identified in the surveillance video by his mother and by the two other suspects, he admitted that he participated in the incident. He also told detectives that the rest of the stolen property was located in his bedroom. Neil C was subsequently arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and possession of burglary tools.
All three teens were released back into the custody of their parents at the direction of the Department of Juvenile Justice.