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Four teens caught breaking into school snack bar

Posted: August 8, 2008 9:19 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Four teen boys were caught with their hands in the cookie jar when they broke into a high school snack bar Wednesday.

Around 12:45 p.m., four boys - ages 14, 11, and two 12-year-olds - were caught breaking into an outdoor snack bar near the baseball field at Valencia High School, a detective with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station told The Signal.

"They removed an air vent on top of the outdoor snack bar," Detective Dan Finn said. "One climbed inside and opened the door for the others.

"They began partaking of the food and drink inside the snack bar, eating candy bars, drinking drinks, Gatorade."

While the kids were all gorging on the sweets and gulping down soda, the school's Associated Student Body director and the varsity baseball coach decided to check on the snack bar.

"There had been several recent attempts to break into the same snack bar," Finn explained.

When the coach and ASB director reached the snack bar they found the kids inside it, indulging on snack food and drinks, he said.

"They were caught with their hand in the cookie jar - literally," Finn said.

The four were detained without incident, he said, and turned over to the school's designated sheriff's deputy, Pete Romo.

The snack bar is actually a converted storage shed, a small outbuilding near the baseball field.

The school held a "freshman orientation" for freshman and parents the night before the break-In.

Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 14.

The four boys, who all live in Valencia, are charged with theft and are expected to appear in Sylmar Juvenile Court.

Each of them was released to their parents.


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