4 Arrested in Buckeye school burglary, vandalism

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Photo of saber similar to the one that was stolen. By Jennifer Thomas Photo of saber similar to the one that was stolen. By Jennifer Thomas
Joseph Joiner By Jennifer Thomas Joseph Joiner By Jennifer Thomas

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- Police arrested three juveniles and one adult suspected in burglaries and vandalism at Buckeye Union High School.

Buckeye police spokesman Lt. Jared Griffith said the group broke into the school located at the 1000 block of East Narramore Avenue and spray-painted graffiti on walls and buses. The cost of the damage is unknown at this time.

The suspects also stole a saber, several golf carts and electronic equipment belonging to the JROTC department.

On July 2, school staff reported seeing two people riding in one of the stolen golf carts in the area of Baseline and Apache roads. Buckeye police officers contacted the occupants.

During the course of the investigation, police said Joseph Joiner, 18, and three juveniles admitted to their roles in the burglaries and criminal damage, which occurred over a three-day time span from June 29 to July 1.

Joiner was arrested and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on felony charges of burglary, auto theft and trafficking in stolen property.

The others, identified only as two Buckeye residents and a Tonopah resident, are being prosecuted as juveniles and face charges ranging from burglary to trafficking in stolen property.

Griffith said the majority of the items have been recovered with the exception of the saber, which has an engraving that reads "United States Air Force Academy."

Anyone with information regarding the saber is asked to call police at 623-349-6400.