The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office issued today:

On Sunday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified of a burglary alarm at Pine Hill Elementary School, Eureka. When deputies arrived at the school, they met with school staff that had also arrived. Deputies and staff saw the suspect(s) broke a window on the northwest wall of the office. The suspects then reached through the window and opened the door allowing entry. Deputies saw the office area had been ransacked.

With the assistance of school staff, deputies were able to watch a surveillance video of the burglary. Deputies saw the suspects appeared to all be juveniles, two females and a male. The school staff members who were present were able to identify a 14-year-old male on the video.

Deputies searched the area for the suspects and located a 14-year-old female at the corner of Herrick Avenue and Vance Avenue, Eureka. The female was in possession of food items stolen from the school nurses office. The female was taken home by the deputy and issued a notice to appear in juvenile court, before being released to the custody of family members.

A deputy went to the identified 14-year-old male's residence. The male had a check from the school in his possession. The male was determined to be under the influence of alcoholic beverages. He was arrested and transported to Juvenile Probation.

Deputies are still seeking the third juvenile involved.


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Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.