Two Juveniles Face Charges After Attempting to Break into School

- ALLEGANY COUNTY, Md. - Two 17-year-olds are facing charges after police say they attempted to break into an elementary school over the weekend. 

The incident happened on Sunday, June 8, 2014 around 11 p.m. at South Penn Elementary School on E. Second Street. 

Officers with the Cumberland Police Department say the two teens were on the roof of the school, possibly trying to break in. Once on the scene a witness told police she saw two people on the roof of the school, and as the first patrol car was driving onto the property, one of the teenagers jumped down from the roof and took off running. 

The witness told officers that the other teen ducked down behind an air conditioning unit. 

The Cumberland Fire Department was called in to assist, so officers could use a ladder to access the roof. Once on the roof, police found one of the teens and placed him under arrest. The second juvenile who fled was found a short distance away from the school. He was also taken into custody. 

Officers checked the school and determined the two did not enter the building. 

Both teenagers are charged with attempted fourth-degree burglary and trespassing on school property. Both have been released to family members pending further actions at juvenile court, police say. 

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