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Monitors missing after 2nd break-in at Hazlewood high

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com 340-2438

TOWN CREEK — Would-be thieves apparently didn't take anything on their first break-in at Hazlewood High School several nights ago.

They made their second attempt Thursday night worthwhile.

They entered the same classroom and did more damage to the classroom door that workers had just repaired, according to Town Creek Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett.

"They took two 50-inch plasma television monitors valued at a total of about $4,500," he said. "That's what we know at this time. They also did several hundred dollars of damage to doors and windows, including a back door to the school."

Garrett said to gain entry on the initial attempt that he estimates occurred between July 19 and Monday night, someone placed an object in the back door to keep it from locking. He said the damage to the classroom door was about $250.

"Maybe, they were just scouting out or looking around that night or something could have scared them off," Garrett said. "On the second try, someone busted out the window of the back door and, to get into the classroom, busted the lock and door frame with some type of prying tool."

Garrett said over the summer workers remodeled the classroom and brought in new student equipment. He said the monitors stolen were only a few weeks old.

The police chief said he has no suspects, but officers will interview several people for leads.

"We'll have a tedious job because several summer school students and contractors have been in there," he said. "We will talk to everyone we know who was in the school during this time period."

Garrett encourages anyone who might have overheard someone discussing the break-in, observed anything out of the ordinary around the school or heard strange noises to call police at 685-3200.

"If anyone has any knowledge about this incident at all, we want to talk to them," he said. "Their names will remain anonymous."

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