According to an incident report, police first responded to the alarm at 11:50 a.m. and all front entrances were secure. The officer could not check the rear of the school as no key holder was available.
Facilities Director Bruce Ballard responded later and noted that several motion detectors had been triggered on the alarm system. Ballard told police he saw that a window pane had been removed in a classroom.
He went outside to check and saw two white males exit the building and start running. Ballard chased the subjects through a gate into the woods in the direction of Woodland Road, when one suspect dropped a black backpack, which Ballard recovered.
Inside the backpack, police found two RCA VHS video cameras and a cassette adapter. Griffin-Spalding County School System School and Community Services Director Anna Burns said the items, also including a laptop computer, were taken from the studio recording area of the school’s media center.
Also taken but recovered on site were two walkie-talkies and chargers. The suspects also broke the lock off the ice cream box, ate some ice cream, rummaged through drawers and a refrigerator, and spilled orange juice on the floor.
Police processed the scene and searched the area. A 17-year-old was questioned and later released without being charged.