Computers, cash and food were stolen and classrooms and windows were smashed at several North Battleford schools in recent weeks.

Now five youths between the ages of 12 and 15 are facing charges, the RCMP says.

Two of the youths appeared in North Battleford provincial court on Friday morning, while the remaining three are scheduled to appear on Aug. 29.

They've been charged with break, enter, theft and possession of property obtained by crime.

Police said they've been "vigorously" investigating crimes over the past five weeks.

They also said there are a number of other children under the age of 12 that have been dealt with outside the criminal justice system.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, children 11 and under can't be charged.