On Saturday, 7-13-13, at approximately 11:52 AM, the Seminole Police Department was called to 601 SW. Avenue B, the Primary School, in reference to a burglary and vandalism of the school. Numerous items were taken including iPads and other electronics. The suspects also smashed windows to the offices, broke water pipes and sprayed fire extinguishers throughout the school. They also spray painted on some walls and on equipment. The items taken were valued at approximately $14,374.00. Damage to the school is estimated at $15,000.00
On 7-15-13, the investigation led to the identity of the suspects. The suspects were contacted and the Department recovered most of the iPads and other electronic equipment that was taken. During the investigation it was found that the school had been broken into twice. The first time was just two of the suspects where some items were taken, but no vandalism occurred. The second time, one of the previous suspects and two new suspects entered, stole the remainder of the iPads and caused the extensive damage to the school.
One of the adult suspects will be charged with Burglary of a building
Three of the suspects will be charged with Burglary of a building and Felony Criminal Mischief. Due to having to wait on indictments, and the fact that two of the suspects are juveniles, names of the suspects will not be released. However, their ages range from 14 years old to 18 years old.
One of the adult suspects and one of the juvenile suspects have also been linked to an earlier Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle case which has been solved due to this investigation.
On 9-27-2013 Indictments were obtained for the two adults involved in the school burglaries that occurred on 7-11-2013 and 7-13-2013.
On 10-1-2013 the following indictments were served and suspects are in custody at the Gaines County Jail:
Joe Villalva, H/M, D.O.B. 4-22-95,
Charges; Burglary of a Building and Theft over $1500 under $20,000.00
Curtis Lynn Kelly, B/M, 11-15-1995
Charges: Engaging in organized criminal activity, Burglary of a Building, Theft over $1500.00 under $20,000.00, Criminal Mischief over $20,000 under $100,000.00
Actual Damages to the school with clean up totaled over $58,000
Photos of the two adults can be obtained through the Gaines County Jail.
The two other suspects were Juveniles, so their names cannot be released at this time.