Bainbridge police identify second suspect in Eagle Harbor High burglary

Bainbridge Island Police have identified the second suspect involved in the burglary incident at Eagle Harbor High School.

Officers found the 15-year-old accomplice after making an arrest Tuesday of a 14-year-old Woodward Middle School student.

"It's good that we caught them at this young of an age, so that we may turn their lives around and get them back on track," said Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner.

"Hopefully we can get them redirected and get them involved in more positive activities," he said.

The teenagers were arrested on four counts of burglary after a Bainbridge Island School District employee who was working on the weekend noticed two boys in the hallway of the high school.

Upon confronting them, the staff member saw one of them had a lock-picking device in the door.

However, when the employee asked the youths to step into a nearby office with him, they fled the building.

The 14-year-old was identified first by a Woodward staff member who realized the teen matched the description of one of the burglars. The employee who came across the incident immediately identified the student as one of the burglars.

According to police, when the student was detained he admitted to entering the building unlawfully on three other occasions.

The two had entered through the west side of the school near the graffiti rock and accessed an area of the building that contained new computers that were still shrink-wrapped, Hamner said.

Small hand tools were stolen.

"Had it not been interrupted, we believe those other items might have been the focus of the burglary also," Hamner said.

"That's a question for the court, but definitely it is of concern when someone is breaking into a building like that where they have brand-new electronic items."

Hamner added that the investigation would not have made as much headway without concerned community members and police department staff.

"This was an effort that involved some community members, officers and detectives, and we were able to come to a conclusion in this investigation because of them," Hamner said.

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