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Former Students Face Burglary Rap

Two Hicksville men were arrested last week, charged with stealing cell phones from the Hicksville High School boys locker room after school hours.  

According to Second Squad detectives, police received a call on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:20 p.m. from one of the assistant principals at the high school to investigate two men who were in the locker room going through bags. Upon arrival, Karn Chauhan, 19, was identified as one of the men who had taken two cell phones from separate bags. Authorities said Chauhan had been informed in the past that he was not allowed on school property. He was arrested at the scene without incident. An investigation determined that Joseph Ferguson, 18, was the second suspect involved in the incident. He was located on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:38 p.m. at his home and placed under arrest without incident. The cell phones were returned to the victims.

Both men were formerly students at Hicksville High School. They were both charged with Burglary 3rd degree and arraigned last week.

Superintendent Maureen Bright said that “the school district has numerous security procedures and personnel in place during school and school activities and events to ensure the safety of students.”

“District personnel is diligent in following these procedures so that members of the public who attempt to obtain access to areas that are not for public use can be apprehended,” Bright said. “The district does not hesitate to contact the police to ensure that individuals are held accountable for their actions.”