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2 apprehended after string of vehicle break-ins at area high schools

February 10, 2012

Andrew Benson

PLYMOUTH — Andrew Benson, 19, of Plymouth and a juvenile from Plymouth were apprehended Thursday by Bourbon and Bremen police officers in the Bremen High School parking lot. The two had been breaking into vehicles in the parking lot of area high school for several weeks, taking items such as change, cell phones, stereo faceplates, and GPS systems.
Bourbon police officer Matt Haskins said that the two had visited Triton High School a total of four times and broken into 10 vehicles Thursday alone. According to Haskins, Benson admitted to breaking into vehicles at Triton High School and Bremen High School and said that he and his juvenile counterpart had also visited Plymouth High School. It is not known if anything was taken from vehicles at PHS. Haskins said that the two are suspected to have broken into vehicles at Argos High School as well.
"I expect they will be charged with at least 30 counts of theft between three towns," said Haskins Friday.
Law enforcement was notified of the situation after Triton students took down the license plate of the suspect's car and the suspects were observed committing the thefts on the school's security camera.
Bremen High School principal Bruce Jennings and Nate McKeand, assistant principal, said that the school had received six reports of vehicle theft from students in the past few weeks and that the thefts had taken place "in broad daylight, during school hours" — according to Jennings. Unfortunately, the camera facing the parking lot area is being updated and did not capture the theft occurring. McKeand said that while the school has collected written reports from the six students, he is encouraging them to also file reports with the Bremen Police Department.
Melinda Daily with the Bremen Police Department estimated Friday that approximately 8 vehicles had been broken into at Bremen High School.
Benson was arrested and booked in the Marshall County Jail, and the juvenile was released to his parents with charges pending. The incidents are still under investigation by law enforcement.

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