Two teenage boys are facing charges for the $2,500 in damage Racine police say they caused inside Mitchell Elementary School.

Nathan Bush, 17, of Racine, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one felony count each of burglary of a building and criminal damage of property. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday to Mitchell School, 2713 Drexel Avenue, for a report of a break-in. When school personnel arrived, they found broken windows and copy machines and “a mess.” Security footage depicted two individuals who were responsible for the damage.

Police say one of the individuals shown on the video was Bush, and when they made contact with him, he was still wearing the shirt he had on in the video surveillance. During questioning, Bush at first denied having anything to do with the break-in, but then admitted to getting into the school through a window. He also told officers that a 16-year-old juvenile was him.

Bush said the plan at first was to steal a computer, but it was too big to carry, the complaint reads, so the boys decided instead to steal some headphones. When the headphones didn’t work with Bush’s cell phone, he told police he left them behind.

Officers also interviewed the other boy, and he said he and Bush gained access to the school by breaking a window with a hammer. The boys poured soda on copy machines, broke a number of windows, and “generally made a mess.”

Damage estimates came in at $2,500, the complaint reads.

Bush remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He will next be in court July 25 for his preliminary hearing.

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