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 March 6th, 2006  
Cops camera catches cookie caper culprits convincingly
 
Two 15-year-old Port St. Lucie High School ninth-graders found themselves literally caught with their hands in the cookie jar March 6.

The two boys face a felony charge of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of theft after they admitted stealing hundreds of chocolate chip cookies over several days from a locked kitchen at the school. A third boy served as lookout.

After the food manager told St. Lucie County Sheriff’s School Resource Deputies that she had locked the kitchen doors each day the cookies were later carted away, school security officers installed a hidden camera to find out the identities of the cookie monsters.

The video showed the two boys stealing the cookies. The video also showed the lookout walking away with his two friends. School authorities identified the trio, all members of the high school track team.

School deputies interviewed each boy separately. Each was given Miranda warnings, and each confessed to his part in the cookie caper.

The two who actually stole the cookies were arrested. Charges against the lookout are pending at the State Attorney’s Office.

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