KISSIMMEE — Monday marked the first day of school for local students, sending them back to the classrooms to study, hit the books, and get their first homework assignments of the semester.
For three students, though, the week before school reopened put them on the wrong side of the law.
On Thursday, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Jacob Rodriguez, Marc Martinez and Julian Rodriguez and charged them with unoccupied burglary. Detectives say the three teens were involved in several recent burglaries — including one that happened at Discovery Intermediate School in Kissimmee, just days before school started up for the fall semester.
Jacob Rodriguez, 16, and Julian Rodriguez, also 16, both of 142 Birmingham Drive in Kissimmee, and Martinez, 16, of 147 Brixham Court in Poinciana, were charged with unoccupied burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft.
They were also charged with preventing and obstructing the extinguishment of a fire from an incident that happened on Monday, Aug. 13 at the school.
All three, as juveniles, were booked into the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center.
Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, said the arrests close an investigation that started back in mid-May — just as the schools were closing for the summer — when deputies took the first of what became five unoccupied burglary reports at Discovery Intermediate School.
The most recent burglary happened on Aug. 13, a week before the school once again opened its doors.
Four days later, detectives conducted an undercover operation at Discovery Intermediate School. Lizasuain said what they observed during this investigation was none other than the two Rodriguez brothers and Martinez breaking into the school.
“When they exited the school, detectives took Rodriguez and Martinez into custody,” Lizasuain said in her report on the burglaries.
The two teens were interviewed by detectives, and “Based on the juveniles’ statements and the evidence, Rodriguez and Martinez were arrested,” Lizasuain said.
Jacob Rodriguez, she added, was also charged with battery on a police dog.
The investigation, Lizasuain said, indicated that Rodriguez and Martinez were also responsible for a burglary and setting fires at the school on July 8, 2012.
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