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Police: teens break into high school because 'there was nothing to do in this town'

Police say two 19-year-old men, (L) Owen Shearman and Christopher Fetterman, broke into Windber High School, stole various equipment and sprayed a fire extinguisher through the building because, "There was nothing to do in this town." (Photo courtesy: Somerset County Jail)

Police said two 19-year-old men broke into Windber High School, stole various pieces of equipment and sprayed a fire extinguisher through the building because, "there was nothing to do in this town."

Windber Police said Owen Shearman and Christopher Fetterman broke into the school early Sunday morning.

Officers reviewing security footage said one person can be seen walking up to the side entrance of the school carrying a propane tank. The suspect, later identified as Shearman, then throws the tank through the window after using it to push open the door, according to officers.

The footage showed Shearman leaving the school and returning a short while later with Fetterman, according to police.

Police said the pair entered the building spraying a fire extinguisher before stealing nine Google Chromebook laptops and several chemistry beakers and scales from a computer lab.

Officers reviewing the footage said they recognized Shearman from a previous arrest because he wore the same clothes.

According to the criminal complaint, police went to confront Shearman at his home but learned he was at Fetterman's home.

Police say when they arrived at the home, Fetterman admitted to breaking into the school after Shearman broke in and came to his house asking him to go back with him.

Authorities later arrested Shearman, and he admitted to breaking into the school and taking the equipment. When asked why, Shearman told police it was because "there was nothing to do in this town."

Police were able to recover all of the equipment after Shearman told them where he put it.

Both men face several charges, including burglary, criminal mischief and theft.

The Windber School District is assessing the damage but has not said how much it will cost to cleanup and make repairs.

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