The Vidalia Police Department (VPD) at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 30, received a call from a resident who wanted to relinquish electronic devices that their juvenile child had found.
According to a press release from VPD, officers arrived at the residence to collect the electronic devices and to interview both the parents and juvenile. A backpack, two iPads, two Chrome tablets and three chargers were recovered by officers.
Approximately two hours later the same officers were called to Vidalia Junior High School to investigate a report of vandalism. Principal Christine Washington upon arrival at the school had found a window broken. She then notified the police department.
As the principal and officers walked through the school they observed broken windows and doors, and other vandalism. While reviewing security video of the school the officers observed the person who committed the burglary and vandalism as the same juvenile who earlier stated he had found the electronic devices.
The juvenile was arrested and charged with theft, vandalism, and possession of a tobacco product by a minor, then released to his parents.
When teachers returned to school on Monday other items were found to be missing or vandalized. At this time the monetary amount of vandalism and thefts are undetermined.
No further information can be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing, according to VPD Lt. Miranda Clifton, Criminal Investigator, Training Coordinator and Public Relations Officer