A 17-YEAR-OLD suspect was caught in a Nadi primary school yesterday after escaping from the Namaka Police Station on Tuesday.
The juvenile was spotted by the headteacher of Nadi District Primary School who reported his whereabouts to police.
On the run for more than 12 hours, the police said the juvenile had allegedly stolen items from another primary school in Nadi while on the run.
West police media officer Naina Ragigia said after escaping from the Namaka Police Station, the juvenile allegedly entered Nadi Airport Primary School from where he stole money.
"The classrooms were empty because it was around 3pm when he entered the compound.
"This was around the time when the students were leaving for the day and teachers were outside the classrooms," Ms Ragigia said.
"We have been told that he stole about $62 and a mobile phone belonging to a teacher." Ms Ragigia said the teenager was a suspect in a theft case and had been on bail.
"While on bail, there were certain conditions he needed to fulfil but he never did. For that we brought him in and charged him with absconding bail. While we were taking him in for remand, he escaped."
Ms Ragigia said the juvenile faced further charges of escaping from lawful custody and fresh theft charges.