The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested three juveniles and an adult in connection with a burglary at Waller Elementary over the holiday weekend. The arrests took place within five hours from the time the BCSO received the call about the burglary.
Just before 8:00AM this morning, the BCSO was contacted by teachers at Waller Elementary when they discovered a building on campus that housed six classrooms had been broken into and all the classrooms trashed. School supplies and the contents of the desks had been thrown on the floor, TVs and desktop computers had been broken and three tablets had been stolen. Snacks for the kindergarten and first grade students that attend Waller in those classrooms were stolen and containers of drinks had been sprayed inside the classrooms leaving a sticky syrupy residue on the ransacked supplies and walls.
The BCSO Criminal Investigations Division, the North End Crime Prevention Office Deputy, and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene. Investigators began speaking to residents that live around the school and developed several possible suspects. Contact was made with Berin Register, age 14, Tyler Catalano, age 17, and Megan Catalano, age 19, all of Happyville Road. Happyville Road is about a mile from Waller Elementary School.
Interviews were conducted and investigators believe that Register, Catalano, and a third juvenile Zachary Kuehn, age 13, from Panama City Beach, burglarized the building on the Waller campus Saturday night and Sunday night over the Labor Day weekend. On Saturday night the three stole the three tablets. Catalano gave one of them to his sister, Megan Catalano, age 19, who admitted knowing the tablet was stolen when her brother gave it to her. On Sunday night the three juveniles entered the building again and ransacked the six classrooms.
Berin Register, Tyler Catalano, and Zachary Kuehn were arrested and charged with two counts of Burglary of a Structure, Grand Theft, and Criminal Mischief more than $1000. Megan Catalano was charged with Petit Theft.
Two of the three stolen tablets have been recovered.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Inv. J. Turner
Approved by Sheriff T. Ford