FRANKLIN, NJ - On July 5 at approximately 4:40 a.m. The Franklin Police Department responded to a reported burglar alarm at the Franklin Elementary School located on Washington Avenue in Franklin Borough.

Patrol Officers responded and later discovered individuals had entered the Elementary School causing minor property damage.  It appeared that they caused less than $500 in damages.

The Franklin Borough Police Detective Bureau investigated.  The investigation revealed that three apparent intoxicated males walked onto the School property on July 5 at approximately 4:40 a.m.  Two of then allegedly entered the Franklin Elementary School through an unsecured second story window.   While in the school they allegedly caused minor damage to a wall and items in various classrooms including an American Flag.

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Andrew J. Bagni, Joseph D Moeller and Randall J Nemeth, all 20 year-old residents of Vernon had allegedly entered the Franklin Elementary School and damaged property.  The damage included a wall and small items in various classrooms at approximately 4:30 a.m.    Bagni and Moeller were charged with Burglary and criminal mischief. 

Nemeth was charged with Defiant Trespassing.

Bagni and Moeller are scheduled to appear in Sussex County Superior Court on July 8. Nemeth is scheduled to appear in Franklin Municipal Court on July 13.

Investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.   

Franklin Police kindly reminds all its residents to continue to be cautious and secure their personal property and homes at all times.  Residents are encouraged to contact the police for suspicious type conditions.  973-827-7700.

The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.