PUTNEY >> Two teenage males were cited with burglary after turning themselves in to the police for stealing items from Putney Central School early Saturday morning.
Lucien Rosenbloom, 19, of Putney, and Noah Morse, 18, of Hartland, were pals in high school together and decided to break into PCS and steal seven or eight guitars, several amplifiers, several computers and tools just two weeks before fall classes are scheduled to commence. Their faces were plastered all over social media, including over 125,000 views via several Facebook videos posted on the PCS page that showed surveillance footage of the two taking items from throughout the school.
"Investigation revealed that both subjects had been hanging out in the area of the school and had been consuming alcoholic beverages during the late evening of Friday ... and into the early morning hours of (Saturday)," stated a Vermont State Police press release. "They got bored and went to the playground area of the school, whereupon they noticed an open window at the school."
When the two were interviewed at the station, they stated they had initially entered the school to look around. However, once inside, the intoxicated pair saw several guitars, MacBook computers, amplifiers, and some tools that they decided to take. They then brought the stolen property from the school to a local residence in Putney.
The men were caught on film around 2:15 a.m. Saturday and stayed inside the building until after 4 a.m. After they stole several items totaling an estimated $10,000 to $15,000, according to PCS Principal Herve Pelletier, Rosenbloom and Morse were seen in swim trunks outside near the playground at 5:30 a.m., after allegedly taking a dip in the town pool located behind the school's campus.
Rosenbloom and Morse turned themselves in Wednesday just before 1 a.m. at the Brattleboro Police Department.
Morse said he talked with Rosenbloom about turning themselves in after seeing the public outcry on social media. They turned themselves in at the closest open police department, which was the Brattleboro Police Department. Trooper Max Trenosky was dispatched to BPD where he interviewed the two and learned they had burglarized the school. Rosenbloom and Morse turned over a "significant" amount of stolen property to Trenosky and Trooper Roel Diaz
Both were released Wednesday on conditions set by the court, with citations to appear in Windham Superior Court-Criminal Division on Oct. 11 to face charges of burglary.
Cpl. Mike Sorensen, who took over the case Wednesday morning, said this was an "isolated crime of opportunity" and he does not believe Morse or Rosenbloom were involved in any other burglaries in the area.
Sorensen commented that it was not the best decision to burglarize the school, but on the other hand, given their intoxicated state of mind they "could have done a lot worse," and he gave them "credit" for turning themselves in.
"I give them credit for accepting responsibility and knowing when the game is up," he said. "It was just a matter of time until someone turned them in."
In terms of security suggestions to the community, Sorensen said in this "day and age," people should lock their houses and cars up all the time to prevent break-ins.
"A lot of burglaries that I've investigated over the last couple of years, the houses or cars were unlocked. By putting an impediment in the way, like locking your doors, it is a little extra security that will deter some people," he said.
According to Sorensen, in terms of the conditions of release, no restrictions were placed on Rosenbloom for his residency and he will attend college in North Carolina this fall. As for Morse, the court restricted that he lives in Windsor County. In addition, the two are not permitted to step onto the property of PCS.
The incident had caused some distress among the faculty at PCS and Pelletier said he was closely monitoring the Facebook page until about midnight on Tuesday to review people's comments for potential tips and to prevent any explicit comments.
"I think it's more of a tribute to the positive aspects of social media," said Pelletier. "As teachers, we get nervous about overuse of social media as kids being addicted to this stuff. This is an instance where it was a real positive thing."
Pelletier said most of the items have been returned to PCS, but not a trumpet, mandolin and several power tools.
Despite the unfortunate events, Pelletier noted an uplifting moment Wednesday morning when a plumber from Bellows Falls approached Pelletier at PCS and decided to donated four amplifiers to the school.
Further, Pelletier expressed gratitude that the two teenagers turned themselves in.
"These guys had no use for seven guitars and the tools. They were probably either going to give them to friends or sell them," Pelletier said.
Pelletier added that some local music shops said they would keep an eye out for the list of items that were missing, in the chance that one of the men tried to sell them there.
In addition, according to Pelletier, a Putney Central School Board meeting took place Tuesday night per usual and among other agenda items, officials discussed their concerns around the break-in that occurred Saturday evening. Pelletier said the board talked about exploring other options for school safety and security and members also stated their thankfulness for the cameras that were recently installed, which caught the footage of Rosenbloom and Morse inside and outside the building.
"Yesterday at this time I was feeling a little low having to manage this, but today it is a 180-degree turn around and I'm glad we got our stuff back," Pelletier told the Reformer Wednesday afternoon.
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