During a security check at Gardner middle school located in San Manuel o n 7-14-2011, two PCSO deputies observed an opened door leading into gymnasium.
Deputies found someone had completely expelled a fire extinguisher throughout the gym that was removed from the boy’s the locker room. Several light bulbs were also removed and broken.
During the investigation, school maintenance staff alerted deputies that two males were seen pulling on exterior doors prior to the break-in.
Staff identified the two males as Isaiah Austin, 19 and William Hyde, 18.
On 7-15-2011, deputies made contact with Austin at his home, which belongs to his mother. The deputy requested Austin to accompany him back to the sheriff’s office for questioning, to which Austin agreed.
During the interview, the Austin admitted to going into the school with Hyde through a door that was propped open by a rock. He also admitted to expelling the fire extinguisher, removing fluorescent light bulbs and breaking them outside the school. When asked by the deputy why the two decided to break in and damaged school property, Austin said, “It’s San Manuel, it’s boring here.” Austin was then taken into custody.
On 7-16-2011 Hyde was located at his residence and also interviewed by a PCSO deputy. Hyde admitted his involvement and was also taken into custody.
Austin and Hyde were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count each of Aggravated Criminal Damage/Defacing of a School, Trespassing and 3rd Degree Burglary.
Isaiah Austin & William Hyde