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Money for bereavement flowers stolen in break-in

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

Someone broke into Eva School on Wednesday night and stole money collected to buy flowers for two grieving workers who lost family members.

Bruce Kimbrell, Morgan County Schools' maintenance and transportation director, said the intruder took between $300 and $600 in cash and checks and broke a window, two doors and the school secretary's desk. He estimated the cost to repair the damage could be more than $1,200.

"This wasn't vandalism," Kimbrell said. "It was robbery."

Detective Pete Taylor said the burglar broke in through a window in a rear entrance door, and then kicked in the principal's and secretary's office doors to gain access to the money.

Taylor said the case remains under investigation, but he has leads on a possible suspect.

He asked anyone who might have seen anything suspicious at the school that night to call him at 560-6195.

Staff writer Seth Burkett contributed to this report.

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