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2 people arrested for break-in at Hartford school


Parents of one Hartford elementary school were alarmed to learn two people had broken in and were caught hiding in their children's school early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to Fred D. Wish School around for a reported break-in around 1:15 a.m. and found a broken window on the first floor of the building.

Charles Hardy, 19, of Hartford and 15-year-old boy were located by police hiding inside a second floor bathroom.

Hartford Public Schools Spokesman Dave Medina said the police were alerted by the school's intrusion detection system, also known as a silent alarm.

There are no plans to increase security at the school because he says the security system worked and that's how these suspects were caught.

Schools officials said nothing was stolen from the building.

The teens told officers they had broken in to hang out and drink a bottle of gin they brought with them in a backpack, but investigators said they think they had other motives.

Hardy, who has no previous arrests, was charged with third-degree burglary.

Now parents said more should be done to keep an eye on the school after hours.

"If it's easy to break into the school, you gotta keep the kids safe around here," said LaDaune Snell of Hartford.

Police told Eyewitness News they often assign extra patrols if something like this becomes a pattern, but in this case, they caught the would-be thieves.

Parents said sadly, another crime in this neighborhood doesn't come as a surprise.

"Times are hard, people are trying to find a way to get by," said one parent. "They're doing the wrong thing, but that's the way they see they can get by."

Hardy was arraigned at Hartford Superior Court Tuesday and released on house arrest.

The judge ordered that Hardy have no contact with the 15-year-old boy and stay away from schools.

The 15-year-old was sent to juvenile court.

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