Suspects in school break-ins arrested

March 30, 2009 10:44:31 AM PDT
Two men have been arrested and charged in a half-dozen burglaries at the Aquinas Academy in Bear, Delaware.The pair is identified as 27-year-old Paul Ellifritz of Hunters Run Way in Bear, and 20-year-old Christopher Godfrey of the same address.

The Aquinas Academy has been robbed six times in recent months, and investigators say Ellifritz is the suspect in all six of those crimes stretching back to September 15th, 2008.

Godfrey has only been charged in the most recent crime of March 17th, 2009.

Investigators say they served a search warrant at the home of both men back on Friday, and recovered evidence that link Ellifritz and Godfrey to the crimes.

Police say the two were caught on tape after school officials decided to put hidden cameras in the building, in the hopes of catching the suspects in the act. The plan worked, and two men are seen on tape robbing the school on March 17th.

The school's principal told Action News the bandits broke into the school through windows and doors that all had to be replaced.

Stolen were a computer, a camera and about $2,000 in cash used for things like school trips.

The school only has 100 students.

Ellifritz was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $17,500.00 secured bond.

Godfrey was committed to the Howard Young Correctional Institute in lieu of $3,750.00 secured bail.

Ellifritz was arrested for the following burglaries at Aquinas Academy:

  • September 15, 2008- charged with Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor)
  • October 23rd, 2008- charged with Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor), and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor)
  • November 2nd, 2008- charged Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor), and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor)
  • November 13th, 2008- charged Burglary (felony), Theft (felony), and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor)
  • January 24th, 2009- charged Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor), and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor)
  • March 17th, 2009- charged Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor), and Conspiracy (felony)

Christopher Godfrey was arrested for the following burglary at Aquinas Academy:
  • March 17th, 2009- charged Burglary (felony), Theft (misdemeanor), and Conspiracy (felony) and Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor)

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