HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY—Harrisburg City Police charge eight people including five juveniles in connection with the April 1st vandalism and April 28th arson of the vacant William Penn School building. Total damage to the school and contents is expected to exceed $250,000.
On April 1st, vandals discharged 57 fire extinguishers throughout the building. Other damage included broken windows, smashed equipment, holes in walls and spray painting. Some equipment, including computers and related equipment, tools, and other items were also reported stolen. Vandals also set fire to an office on April 8th. The William Penn school complex in the 2900 block of North 3rd street has been closed for some time and has been entered multiple times by vandals.
Investigators after viewing surveillance video and interviewing witnesses made the arrests. Detectives learned that 39 year old Enrique Quinones had entered the building at least four times accompanied by the juveniles. Two women, 38 year old Stacy White and 35 year old Stefanie Berkebile allegedly took part by aiding Quinones after the burglaries. Five juveniles, ages 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15 were charged with participating in the burglaries and damage to the school and inside items. Charges agains Quinones include, Burglary & Conspiracy, Endangering the Welfare of Chidren and Corruption of Minors. Berkebill is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property and Corruption of Minors. White is charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
All of the juveniles are chraged with Burglary & Conspiracy, Institutional Vandalism and Tamper with fire Apparatus. Three of the minors were placed in Juvenile Detection Center. Two were released to their parents.
Investigators say that many of the items taken from the school sold to various people in the Uptown area of the city. Police are asking that anyone who may have purchased a desktop and/or laptop computer from the suspects to contact them at (717) 255-3170 or (717) 255-3115.