News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 18, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Three people are arrested after a series of break-ins. Richmond County investigators said two of them are responsible for all the damage at Butler High School.
17-year-old Tremayne Hampton is charged with four counts of burglary. Investigators say Hampton and one of the juveniles broke into Butler High School, where they say two people broke in and ransacked several classrooms and broke several windows. Officers said the two suspects are also responsible for the burglary at the Private I Nightclub, the burglary at Johnny's Fish Market, and a break-in at a home on Blueberry Drive.
Investigators said catching Hampton and the 13-year-old juvenile was an important step to stopping their crime spree. They said parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing, and know exactly where they are.
"I don't think they realize how serious of a crime that was committed in this, so right now we're glad that it stopped because we definitely know that it probably would have continued this type of activity," Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.
"Parents should be responsible for what their kids have done," Fred Owings said.
Another warning sign is if your kids are spending time with older teenagers.
"You know what your kids are getting into when they hang out with older guys, so it's the parents' fault for not paying attention," Darrel Gardner said.
"I think that the parents should pay for it because they are liable for their kids actions," said Corretta Carpenter.
The damages at Butler High School alone add up to more than $50,000.
"The burden falls on the parents or the taxpayers, or falls on the citizens. These crimes even though they seem to be just a property in nature, they affect the entire society because someone has to be ultimately responsible for the damages," Sgt. Roundtree said.
The court will decide who will ultimately have to pay for all the damages at Butler High.