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Four teenagers connected to Stoddard County school break-in
BERNIE, Mo. -- Four Bernie teens were arrested over the weekend and charged with breaking into the local high school.
Warrants on second-degree burglary charges were issued for the four Sunday following a break-in at Bernie High School about one week earlier.
According to a news release from Bernie Police chief Justin K. Allen, a phone call came in to his department Friday from an anonymous caller who said she had information concerning the July 15 break-in and burglary at the local high school.
The caller said that Allissa Wilhite, 18, Marquise Meekie, 18, McKinley Lane, 19, and Brandi Enderton, 18, were involved in the incident, and that the information had been relayed to her by one of the four.
According to the probable-cause statement filed in the Stoddard County court Saturday, Bernie patrolman Patrick Cole, armed with the caller's information, first made contact with Lane, who confessed to the burglary and also said the other three people were all involved.
"I later spoke with Brandi Enderton," Cole said in his report, "and she also confessed, stating that [she] and Allissa Wilhite had dropped Lane and Meekie at the school to steal the money and later came back to pick them up after they had exited the school."
Cole next spoke with Meekie, who also reportedly confessed to the burglary, stating he and the three "had talked about a plan on how to do the burglary."
Meekie reportedly told the officer that he and Lane were dropped off at the school by the two female subjects who were "instructed to return and pick them up when they got the money and were out of the school."
Meekie told the police he and Lane entered the school through the roof behind the cafeteria, and then entered the building near the gym. They then reportedly pushed a window out of the coach's office, unlocked the door and stole about $200 in cash that was on a shelf on the high school coach's desk.
After the girls were contacted and returned to pick up the male subjects with the cash, the four admitted they proceeded to Casey's station in Bernie, where they purchased gas, drinks and cigarettes, the report said.
Each was charged with second-degree burglary. They were transported to the Stoddard County Jail, where they remained Tuesday under individual cash-only bonds of $7,500.