5 teens charged after attempted burglary prompts schools to briefly lockdown

5 teens charged after attempted burglary prompts schools to briefly lockdown
Andrew Woods

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Five teenagers have been charged after Deerfield-Windsor, Westover High and Lake Park Elementary schools were placed under lockdown Tuesday when the Albany Police Department (APD) told the schools about a burglary attempt in the nearby area.

Police said Andrew Woods, 17, a 14-year-old and three 16-year-olds were taken into custody after police responded to a burglary in progress in the 400 block of Kingswood Drive around 9:20 a.m.

The victim who called 911 reported hearing voices inside the apartment and told police he saw the suspects downstairs, placing shoes and other items by the door, according to APD.

Officers in the area said they saw the suspects leaving the scene and began to chase them towards Westover High School.

Police called the school and the lockdowns happened around 11 a.m.

Officers were able to take all five teens into custody.

All five were charged with first degree burglary. Woods was taken to the Dougherty County Jail while the four minors were taken to the Juvenile Court for a detention hearing.

No threats were made towards the schools, officials said.

The lockdowns were done as a precaution, according to LaKisha Bruce, Dougherty County Schools spokesperson.

Bruce said making sure all students are safe is important.

“We are always trying to make sure that we are keeping them save out of an abundance of caution," Bruce said. "This type of measure will always be enforced. We will always go into lockdown mode when anything is going on in the proximity of the schools because it is our priority to keep students and the staff safe.”

Deerfield-Windsor Headmaster Geoffrey Sudderth said the school always goes on lockdown when criminal activity is going on around the school.

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