June 28, 2016


Lodi boys charged in school break-in

LODI — Police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a burglary at the former Lodi Elementary School.

Two Lodi boys, 14 and 15 years old, are charged with one count each of burglary and criminal mischief and are being held at the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center, according to police.

Police Chief Keith Keough said the two boys and another male juvenile entered the school between 10:30 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday after one of them broke a window in the building with a rock. Once inside, they found several spray-paint cans in a storage room and sprayed words and pictures throughout the building. One of them also emptied a fire extinguisher in the school.

Police arrested the 15-year-old Tuesday on a probation violation warrant after his mother reported him for breaking curfew. The time of his absence corresponded with the time the burglary occurred, Keough said.

The boy, who is on probation for previous crimes, confessed during interviews with police, the chief said.

Police arrested the 14-year-old Wednesday after physical evidence linked him to the crime. He then also confessed. That boy also has prior offenses, Keough said.

Cloverleaf Schools sold the building earlier this year, along with the Seville Elementary building and the contents of Westfield Elementary, as a way to offset mounting costs.

The sale of the Lodi building at 301 Mill St. and its contents netted $70,000 for the school district.

According to the Medina County auditor’s website, it now is owned by Lodi Holdings Inc. out of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.