Police follow trail of candy to catch thievesUPDATED 5:55 AM HST Nov 13, 2013Video Transcript
POLICE GOT A SWEET LEAD, ON A SCHOOL BREAK-IN INVESTIGATION; AND NOW TWO TEENAGERS ARE IN BIG TROUBLE. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER ALANA GRIMSTAD SPOKE WITH POLICE TO FIND OUT, WHAT HELPED THEM SOLVE THIS BIZARRE CRIME. POLICE SAY IT'S JUST LIKE HANSEL AND GRETEL... EXCEPT INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING BREAD CRUMBS, THEY FOLLOWED CANDY... AND IT TOOK THEM STRAIGHT TO THE CROOKS. BUT THIS STORY DOESN'T HAVE A FAIRYTALE ENDING. When we get to the scene, we find a very unusual trail of evidence. PIECES OF CANDY SCATTERED ON THE GROUND LED POLICE STRAIGHT FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME... From the door of the school. TO THE HOME OF THE CROOK. It's a very serious crime and these boys can be facing very serious charges. POLICE SAY TWO TEENAGERS BROKE THE WINDOW OF A SCHOOL DOOR AT EJ MARTINEZ ELEMENTARY, STOLE A COMPUTER, RADIO, WALKY TALKY... That's totally not right. AND TOOK TWO BUCKETS OF CANDY. They need to be helped and they need to pay for that crime. BUT WHEN THEY MADE THEIR GET-AWAY, THEY DROPPED CANDY AS THEY RAN AWAY... That's pretty ridiculous. SO INVESTIGATORS FOLLOWED THE TRAIL UNTIL IT STOPPED RIGHT IN FRONT OF A SUSPECT'S HOUSE. Shame on them for breaking into a kids' school. Shame on them for breaking into anything. Shame on them a million times over. They wanted to get caught. POLICE SAY THE 15 AND 16 YEAR OLD YOUNG MEN FINALLY ADMITTED TO BREAKING INTO THE SCHOOL...THEIR PARENTS COMPLETELY COOPERATING ... If they were my children, I think there'd be some stern words. AND NOW THE CANDY CROOKS ARE FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES. They need to get the message now that this maybe type of prank they were thinking was going to happen could have some very real consequences. POLICE SAY THE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO INSIDE THE SCHOOL SHOWS THE TEENS DRESSED IN ALL BLACK WEARING MASKS. AT ONE POINT IN THE VIDEO, THEY TOOK SANITARY WIPES AND WIPED DOWN DOOR HANDLES AND OTHER PLACES THEY TOUCHED. THE SUSPECTS WERE GIVEN ARREST CITATIONS ... WHICH MEANS THEY ARE FACING CHARGES BUT DIDN'T HAVE TO GO TO JAIL, SINCE THEY ARE MINORS. IT WILL BE UP TO A JUDGE TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY'RE TRIED AS JUVENILES OR ADULTS.