Three juveniles were arrested early Saturday morning after police say they broke into Eckstein Middle School to try and steal musical instruments. Officers were called to the school at 3003 N.E. 75th Street at about 1:30 AM Saturday after an alarm was sounded. Police contained the area.
“Three suspects were observed inside with flashlights attempting to steal musical instruments,” Detective Renee Witt said in a statement. “All three suspects dropped the equipment and fled out of an exit door. The suspects were taken into custody without incident. They were fingerprinted and photographed.”
The three were interviewed and released to their parents later Saturday.
Opened in 1950 and expanded in 1968, Eckstein Middle School has more than 1,200 students. The original school building was designated in 1981 as a City of Seattle landmark. Former students include Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready and President Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.