Police: Teens use 4-year-olds to steal pencils from school

SEATTLE -- In a time of year when most students are trying to get as far way from school as possible, a group of youths was caught breaking into West Seattle Elementary Saturday in an apparent effort to steal pencils, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, an employee was called to the school around 6:10 p.m. after alarms started going off.

The employee arrived to see 10 to 16 youths, ages 4 to 16, standing outside an open classroom window, according to the report. The employee later told officers the younger kids were climbing in and out of the window.

The group of youths left before officers arrived.

Officers searched the school and determined the youths had climbed through the unlocked window and gone into another classroom to steal unopened packages of pencils.

While no youths were found inside the school, a number of pencils had been left outside the window, according to the report.

It is unclear if anything other than pencils was taken from the school.