The evening of May 3, seven teenagers, most of the students at Matanzas and Palm Coast high school, broke into Indian Trails Middle School, trashed a bathroom, entered the office of a coach and stole loose change, all the while laughing and capturing their acts with their phone videos. The teens were captured on the school’s own video surveillance system.
Five of the seven individuals have been arrested, charged with and identified as mostly students at Matanzas High School. They are Phillip Moultrie, Kwentell Moultrie, Arlis Blount, Damont’e Harris, and Raequan Lockley. Kwentel Moultrie and George had been arrested in late March in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery woman in Palm Coast’s F-Section, Sheriff Jim Manfre said.
The break-in was not discovered until Monday morning, when the deputy assigned to Indian Trails as a school resource officer was led through the burglarized area by Gillian Ceballos, a school staffer.
Video surveillance shows that the alleged burglary started around 8:20 p.m. Saturday when the teens gained access to the school on the south side of the building, near the gymnasium, making their way through a corridor and into the area of classrooms used by the district’s string orchestra program. There was no evidence that the teens accessed any of those rooms, but they attempted to rip the door of a wall unit located in one of the classrooms in the area, according to the incident report on the burglary. There were no signs of forced entry.
The south side of the building gives onto sports fields that connect to the Indian Trails Sports Complex, an area rich in activities most days and evenings. The parking area at the south end of the building is regularly used by patrons of the sports complex.
The door on the south side of the building “was discovered left open on this date propped open by a large rug,” the report states. “The subjects once inside went into a bathroom located just past their entry point, inside they began trashing the interior of the bathroom. The subjects appear to make their way into the gymnasium and enter the office of Coach Lane. Coach Lane reports that she had some loose change in her desk, totaling $20, that was taken. Coach Lane also stated that her office was locked prior to leaving on 05/02/14 for the weekend break.”
The Media Center’s Lynn Schroeder located surveillance footage of the incident, which showed seven juveniles roaming the school, and kicking and ramming a door that leads to Lane’s office. All seven teens were seen entering the office, then leaving with a pair of basketballs as they resumed their walk through the building, laughing and capturing video of each other.
Deputies, including Don Apperson, who supervises school resource deputies and is familiar with students at Matanzas High School, were able to identify six of the seven individuals through the video footage. Later that morning three deputies, including Apperson, continued their investigation at Matanzas, where they made contact with three of the seven juveniles–Phillip Moultrie, Blount and Lockley. They were told that they were caught on video vandalizing Indian Trails, and that they were under arrest. Harris was later arrested by a road patrol unit and taken to Matanzas, while Kwentell Moultrie was arrested at Flagler Palm Coast High School and taken directly to the Flagler County jail.
All suspects were booked at the county jail except for Kwentell Moultrie, who was taken to Daytona Juvenile Justice for processing. The juveniles booked at the county jail were then released to their parents’ custody.
Damage assessment carried on Monday, as school personnel was instructed to report any damage inside the building. String orchestra classes, which normally take place Monday and Wednesday afternoon, were not scheduled Monday as the nearly 300 students who normally gather at Indian Trails performed at the Flagler Auditorium that evening.