2 teens arrested in Noel campus burglary suspected in 2 other school break-ins, police say

DENVER - Denver police are trying to determine if two 15-year-old boys arrested in a break-in at the Noel campus early Tuesday were involved in two earlier incident at nearby schools.

At 9:02 p.m. Monday, a burglar alarm sounded at Greenwood Elementary School. Officers said they found a broken window at the school, but it did not appear that anyone went inside.

Denver Public Schools said there was another break-in Monday at the Montbello campus, which houses Montbello High School, DCIS at Montbello and Noel Community Arts School. Kristi Armstrong with DPS said two classrooms were ransacked inside the Noel Community Arts School.

Then at 10:10 p.m. Monday, a janitor at the Noel campus on Kitteredge Street alerted police that two males had broken into the building that houses Collegiate Prep Academy and KIPP Montbello College Prep.

SWAT officers surrounded the building and by 3 a.m. they had arrested the two teens who were roaming around and ransacking classrooms inside the school, police said.

"2 armed men are inside the school," Denver police said via Twitter at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. "SWAT team is on-scene. Nobody else is said to be in the school."

Police initially said the suspects were armed with long guns, likely rifles, but Denver Police later tweeted that the guns were "assault rifles style BB guns.[sic]"

Denver Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke said police sent a telephone notification to neighbors around the Noel campus on Kitteredge St., warning them to stay indoors.

Police said the bomb squad was called in after officers saw the teens were carrying backpacks and one of them had a large yellow pipe. Officers were concerned they might have explosives.

Just before 1 a.m., police used the DPD helicopter to light up the roof of the school and then bomb squad officers sent a robot into the school. Police said they used the school's public address system to communicate with the men.

White said officers recovered the guns and two backpacks. Police said the backpacks contained a computer that the intruders were trying to steal.

White said the arrested teens did not go to the school and the motive for the break-in was likely a burglary.

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