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Cops: Port St. Lucie man breaks into Treasure Coast High School to contact grandmother

PICTURE BY PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT PICTURE BY PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police arrested a man Monday accused of breaking into Treasure Coast High School so he could contact his grandmother.

The investigation began when school staff contacted police and reported that someone broke into the concession stand near the school cafeteria and broke a computer. 

Police discovered the burglar entered through a fence that boarders the school, which had been damaged by someone placing their weight on it while they jumped over the fence. 

Someone had also entered the cafeteria concession stand and broke the computer by hitting it with a blunt object, possibly with a foot or fist. 

Inside the concession stand, police found an empty Gatorade bottle suspected to have been handled by the suspect.

Police looked at security cameras and noticed a man entering campus by climbing the security fence around the campus then driving a school-owned golf cart around campus. 

School staff also viewed the security video and identified the suspect as a former student and Port St. Lucie resident by the name of Aaron D. Richardson. 

Police located Richardson, 19, who was being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on an unrelated charge, regarding his actions on Treasure Coast High School campus. 

Richardson told police that he entered the school searching for a phone to call his grandmother. 

Police learned that Richardson tried to access the computer in the concession stand to contact his grandmother via Facebook, but when that didn’t work he punched the computer out of anger. 

Richardson is charged with burglary, petit theft, trespassing on school grounds and criminal mischief.

He is being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on $19,875 bond related to the school break-in. 

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