According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint two alumni of a Burnsville school decided to “take a trip down memory lane” and vandalize the building after a few drinks. They later attempted to flee after police responded to an alarm at the school.
From the complaint:
On or about August 9, 2012 at approximately 1:00 a.m. officers with the Burnsville Police Department were dispatched to a school located on the 400 block of 134th Street located in the City of Burnsville, County of Dakota, State of Minnesota on the report of an alarm.
Upon arrival, officers set up a perimeter around the building. An officer on the north side of the building heard what sounded like a door opening and shined his flashlight at the door. Upon doing so, the officer observed two males inside of the school. The officer advised the males to lie on the ground and indicated that they were under arrest. The suspects shut the door and ran back into the school. A few seconds later, an officer positioned in the front of the school advised that two males had just run out of the front door of the school and across 134th Street. Officer located a microwave lying on the floor of the staff lounge and mustard all over the refrigerator. In addition to the damage in the staff lounge area, officers observed damage to the steel door located on the roof.
A K9 officer was called in to assist in locating the suspects. The first suspect was apprehended in a residential area hiding in a childrens playhouse. The suspect was identified as JUSTIN SCOTT MCGUIRE, date of birth 9/10/90. Paramedics were called due to the canine apprehension and an officer stayed with McGuire at the hospital.
McGuire was read his Miranda warning and agreed to speak with the officer. McGuire reported that he had been inside of the school and did not have permission to be inside of the school. McGuire reported that he and his friend Zach had met for a couple drinks and then decided to “take a stroll down memory lane” and entered the school through a door on the roof of the building. McGuire admitted that he dumped out a couple cans of pop in the staff lounge and emptied a bottle of mustard all over the refrigerator in the staff lounge. McGuire admitted that he had fled from the police stating it was either “flight or fight” and he didn’t want to fight the officers.
The actions of these two are ridiculous but I want to know why it was so easy for two drunken idiots to break into the school in the first place. While there were no details of how the entry occurred, if they broke a window it would seem as if it would be mentioned in the report considering the heavy emphasis on the overturned microwave and other damage caused by soda and condiments. So was a door simply left unlocked or a window left open by someone working in the summer to get the school ready for the year? Is this a common occurrence?
What do you think about this one? Do you wonder if our schools are left unlocked by those who utilize them throughout the year and thus left vulnerable to theft and vandalism? How about the use of the K9 unit when the mayor and the rest of the council has decided those public safety resources are not important enough to fund appropriately? Are you surprised by the preliminary voting results for Burnsville’s mayoral race with Willenburg trailing Kautz (instead of the other way around as it was four years ago)? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on below!