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Children cause $100K worth of damage to historic Trinity building

Source: Trinity Police Department Source: Trinity Police Department
Source: Trinity Police Department Source: Trinity Police Department
Source: Trinity Police Department Source: Trinity Police Department
Source: Trinity Police Department Source: Trinity Police Department
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Trinity Police officers arrested a 14-year-old girl Tuesday in connection to allegations that she, another 14-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy broke into the Old Red School, a historic building, and did more than $100,000 worth of damage.

“Today we initiated the juvenile process by detaining a 14 year old female. She is accused of being with a second 14 year old female and a 9 year old male when they broke into the Old Red School building on Robb Street,” a status report on the Trinity Police Department's Facebook page. “The three found and got into some stored paint. They ended up throwing the paint all over the inside of the building.”

According to the Facebook page, the alleged criminal mischief happened back in September.

A citizen approached Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones and asked him if anyone had reported criminal mischief at the Old Red School building. At the time, no one had, the Trinity Police Department's Facebook page stated.

A TPD officer and Trinity ISD officials went to investigate and found that someone had broken to the building and vandalized it.

“There is a complication because the building is listed as a Texas Historical Marker,” the department's Facebook page stated. “Because of that, the damages are estimated to exceed one hundred thousand dollars.”

The second 14-year-old girl no longer lives in the Trinity area. As a result, the investigating TPD officer will be working with law enforcement in the girl's area to have her detained.

“Texas law does not allow criminal prosecution of juveniles under ten years old,” the department's Facebook page stated. “The 9 year old male's information will be turned over to the Texas Child Protective Services for review.”

While he was checking out the damage at the Old Red School, the Trinity PD officer recovered two iPads that the two 14-year-old girls had allegedly stolen from teachers at the school, the department's Facebook page stated. The iPads were returned to Trinity ISD.

Each of the 14-year-old girls will be second-degree felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor theft charges.

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