Two Charged With Stealing TVs From New Kingsfield Elementary

August 11, 2018

Two men have been charged with stealing televisions from the new Kingsfield Elementary School.

Sean DeJuan Battles and Steve Franklin Endress were seen on surveillance video leaving the school with three televisions on August 4, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. They were both charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal mischief property damage.

Battles worked for a company that was installing doors at the school; he was later arrested on the job at the school.  Deputies found two of the television at Endress’ home address. Battles told a deputy that the third TV had been thrown in a dumpster, but the dumpster was empty when deputies checked.

Both men were released from the Escambia County Jail on bonds of $2,500 each.

Comments

21 Responses to “Two Charged With Stealing TVs From New Kingsfield Elementary”

  1. Tim on August 14th, 2018 9:12 am

    One of them was working at the school and he couldn’t see where the cameras were……..not exactly “Oceans 11″

    Lets check out the choices:

    Jail/Prison – I have to clothe them, house them, and feed them and they get to hang out with their buddies………Nope

    Restitution – They will just steal something to get he money for the restitution …….Nope

    Probation – like doing nothing they just steal again……….Nope

    Amputation of the Hands – Hummmmmmm

  2. Phillip S. on August 13th, 2018 10:31 am

    They *absolutely* need to be sent to jail! Are you kidding? They thought they could just steal from that school, where they’re working, and nothing would happen. Restitution and community service for that is ridiculous. Jail.

  3. W.W. on August 13th, 2018 7:19 am

    Criminals have never been categorized as smart…..

  4. No solutions on August 12th, 2018 9:59 pm

    Their really arent solutions for these types of criminals. You arrest them and they essentially become unemployable which leaves them to go back to their criminal ways. You dont arrest them, they continue to steal. No easy solutions and in the end the taxpayers and the victims are left holding the bag. I cringe at this level of stuff because the cost to the public can be high and the criminals get off sometimes without fully paying fines, penalties and are right back at it. Sometimes this stuff can lead to information about bigger stuff, but overall there’s no deterrent.

  5. Esc co leo on August 12th, 2018 3:01 pm

    Do you all realize what “probation” consists of? Not much more than saying “as long as you don’t get arrested again for XX years, nothing will happen to you for this crime.” Ya, they have to do drug tests and check in once a month, but that’s about it.

    Probation is basically giving them no punishment at all.

  6. Uncommon Sense on August 12th, 2018 7:55 am

    Incarceration costs taxpayers $25K per year per man. Restitution makes a lot more sense to me.

  7. Facetious Bob on August 11th, 2018 11:40 pm

    These two thieves when released from some type of punishment, will probably be considered unemployable. Now, they will depend on the myriads of tax- payer furnished subsistence programs available to their ilk. To paraphrase Sonny and Cher…” The beat goes on.”

  8. Grand Locust on August 11th, 2018 9:44 pm

    All crime is by its definition bad. However, taxpayers filling the jails with dopes and mopes who are not a threat to other humans, then allows dangerous violent people to be on the street. I am all for punishing the criminal, but I am tired of punishing the taxpayer while our society gets more dangerous as we release dangerous violent criminals without enough supervision and probation, because we lack funds, and then spend the same on dopes and mopes. Punish the criminal and quit punishing the taxpayer. Long prison sentences will not do a thing to deter the next person who wants a five finger discount. It is violent crime…..keep focused.

  9. Jim on August 11th, 2018 9:28 pm

    Anyone else believe they threw a brand new TV in a dumpster?

  10. Anne on August 11th, 2018 6:51 pm

    Unfortunate situation yet shows the Security Cameras work very nicely.
    Great follow through from LEO, Thank You.

    Seems if they are working on any school campus they’ve already been through the intense vetting process so why not have them working outside the school to work off any “punishment”?
    Being productive and doing good things for the school could be beneficial to the school and these two guys. Outside maintenance or whatever the judge and school administration could be a good outcome.

  11. A Alex on August 11th, 2018 12:51 pm

    Tarrence, it’s not the kids,it’s every property tax payer in our county and state…3-5 years nothing less

  12. HEnny on August 11th, 2018 10:53 am

    I don’t think prison is fair but probation and counseling. Or a few months jail time.

  13. bill on August 11th, 2018 9:56 am

    pretty bad when you steal from a school but there is no honor among thieves right . if he or she steals they will lie as well they go hand in hand i say rid society of this low life subhuman scum !!!!!! oh asap

  14. Esc co leo on August 11th, 2018 9:55 am

    @ trocarman – “Even though these criminals were released on a very low bond, upon their conviction a prison sentence seems appropriate.”

    I would agree with you, but I would also point out that when people talk about not incarcerating “nonviolent offenders” this type of crime would fall into that category. According to those people, these two criminals just need counseling and probation. After all, it’s just a property crime and they even confessed and some of the stuff was recovered right?

    Sometimes nonviolent offenders need jail too.

  15. Tarrence Wright on August 11th, 2018 9:36 am

    I hope they get sent to prison. Come on man your stealing from kids! Give them plenty of time to think about they crime!!

  16. Will on August 11th, 2018 9:02 am

    The county tries to put something like a new school together so kids can get a good education and be proud of their school and garbage like this has to try and ruin it. All for a couple of tv’s you can probably buy at Walmart for under $300. Trash will be trash.

  17. Oversight on August 11th, 2018 8:06 am

    ” the third TV had been thrown in a dumpster, but the dumpster was empty…”

    And (wink, wink) I have ocean front property I want to sell in New Mexico! Check the girlfriend’s place. LOL!!!

  18. Sedition on August 11th, 2018 6:55 am

    Says a lot about someone when he is gainfully employed yet still chooses to steal to get what he wants…

  19. Trocarman on August 11th, 2018 4:51 am

    Even though these criminals were released on a very low bond, upon their conviction a prison sentence seems appropriate.

  20. David Huie Green on August 11th, 2018 2:32 am

    Smile, you’re on candid camera.

  21. Howie on August 11th, 2018 1:54 am

    New school and hasn’t opened yet. Thieves already robbing them.





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