Breaking Into School During the Summer, Not a Good Idea!

Last night aro9und 10:50PM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the Joseph E. Lee School located at 155 Talbot Ave. in Dorchester for an alarm call.

On arrival, officers observed fresh damage in the form of a large hole to the window above the main entrance with glass shards scattered on the ground. Officers further noted wire and plastic tubing which appeared to have been pulled from the outside wall of the school.  Officers continued checking the outside perimeter of the school and when they got to the back of the school noticed a door propped open with a cement block. After observing the open door, officers immediately thereafter heard voices and footsteps coming from within the school and then two suspects were observed running around the hallway attempting to make good their escape through the open door.

Officers quickly entered and detained the two suspects pending further investigation. No other individuals were located in the building but officers learned that the suspects had broken a window on the second floor to gain access to the building, and had vandalized a vending machine removing the majority of its contents.

The suspects, Jason R. Pena, 17, of Dorchester and a 13-year old male from Dorchester were arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime, Larceny from a Building and Malicious Destruction of Property.