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UPDATE Three more arrests made in connection to break-in at Wallace A. Smith Elementary School

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OOLTEWAH, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Four teenagers have been charged in connection to a local school break-in, and nearby car burglaries.
Police say 18-year-old Michael Delaney led three other juveniles on a crime spree and also supplied the others with alcohol.

The other teens are reportedly 17, 16, and 15. Police were able to connect the 17-year old to the crimes, since his cell phone was left in one of the cars that was broken into.
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UPDATE: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrested 18-year-old Michael Blake Delaney and one juvenile in the Wallace A. Smith Elementary School burglary and subsequent loss of property, including computers, laptops and other items.

After several days of intensive investigation by detectives culminated in the recovery of the stolen items.

Three car thefts, twelve vehicle burglaries and the earlier burglary of Wallace A. Smith Elementary School have been cleared.  

These reported incidents occurred in the same general area as the Elementary School.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office tells us that one additional arrest is expected. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Wallace A. Smith Elementary School in Ooltewah has been hit by thieves twice in one week. Officials say thieves took at least six computers and other technology devices. 

Deputies say the thieves broke in through a back window late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Teachers discovered three computers, a printer and an iPad missing.

Hamilton County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lee McDade said, "We would like to catch the people and get the technology back for the children."

According to Principal Sharon Dodds, just seven days earlier thieves broke a window near the back of the building, taking three other computers and a printer.

Officials say computers are hard to come by, and hard to replace.  The loss is estimated to be nearly five thousand dollars.  Deputies are asking anyone with information that could help to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Principal Dodds says for now, one classroom with have to go without computers until the items are replaced. She said the school has insurance but the deductible is much higher than the loss. She said replacing the items will come "out of pocket" for the school.  If you would like to help replace any of the items, you can donate to the School Technology Foundation by contacting the school at (423) 344-1425.

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