Crimetracker - School Thefts

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Newton authorities are searching for suspects accused of breaking into schools weeks before classes begin.

Investigators said the teenagers broke into Chisolm Middle School in June. Surveillance video captured the suspects entering the building through a hatch on the roof. They then stole thousands of dollars worth of laptops.

"We'll start the year without a number of computers," said Russell Miller, U.S.D. 373 Assistant Superintendent. "Fifty-four were taken from the school."

Administrators are hoping that someone will recognize the thieves and put an end to the two-month old case.

Authorities are also working a non-related theft at St. Mary Catholic School. There, the suspects pried open the door and stole about $300 in cash from a safe. School officials said the money was going to be used for tuition expenses.

"It's real frustrating," said Philip Stutey, principal. "That someone would target a school it's just really sad to see."

Lt. Eric Murphy, Newton Police, said no evidence was left behind in either case.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call Harvey County Crime Stoppers at 316-284-2400.


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