Springdale High Suspects In Burglary Sent To Prison

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Two 18 year olds who were arrested at Springdale High School earlier this year in a burglary case were transported to prison Thursday, after pleading guilty last month.

Juan Ayala and Jesus Tiburcio were taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office after space opened up in state prison for the two men who pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to burglary, breaking or entering and accomplice to burglary, according to court documents.

As part of a plea deal, Ayala and Tiburcio received a sentence of three years in prison, with an additional seven years suspended, according to court documents.

The two suspects were arrested in February at Springdale High School after a school resource officer detained the men and an underage suspect. Tiburcio was not allowed on school grounds, police said.

Ayala, Tiburcio and the underage suspect were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, theft of property and breaking and entering. The adult suspects received a bond of $2,500, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

While the resource officer talked to the suspects, one of the teenagers mentioned a burglary that had occurred in Springdale, at which point the officer contacted the Springdale Police Department, police said.

Tiburcio told police the suspects broke into a Springdale home and stole jewelry that they later pawned, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. The suspects later stole two chainsaws from a storage unit belonging to one of the suspects’ father, the report states.

Ayala confirmed Tiburcio’s claims to police and also told detectives he has stolen property from a burglary in the Alma area.