(PORT CHARLOTTE) Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a juvenile Port Charlotte boy for breaking into and vandalizing a portable classroom at The Academy School, 18300 Cochran Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Feb. 24. Charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, and Obstruction of a Fire Extinguisher was Benjamin Austin Paige, 14, 481 Notson Terrace.
On Feb. 28, the Charlotte County School Board Security Officer gave deputies a copy of the school surveillance video. The Security Officer also identified Paige as the person who entered the portable classroom around 8:30 p.m. A witness also observed Paige enter the classroom, turn the lights on inside, and exit the rear door as he sprayed the fire extinguisher around the classroom.
Paige was arrested this morning at the school and taken to the Charlotte County Jail for booking. He was later released to his parents and placed on home detention, pending appearing in court.