School Burglaries

"In these rooms they came through that upper window," said Lt. Commander Michael Josef.

Navy Lt. Commander Michael Josef is talking about the recent break-in at Northeast Lauderdale High School. Over the weekend, someone broke into two rooms in the Junior ROTC department.

"This time they did not break the windows. In the past we've had a number of windows broken," Lt. Josef said.

Lt. Josef says this weekend's burglary marks the fourth this year. The previous three occurred in January, April and October of this year.

In the first burglary, Lt. Josef says the burglars took two DVD players, two televisions, two VCRs and one 35 millimeter camera. Combined with the other three burglaries, he says the cost of the stolen items is now more than $10,000.

"I'm just really tired from the student's perspective!" said Lt. Josef.

With the culprits now breaking locks attempting to cut cords to steal, investigators say they are happy to report that they have leads in the case.

"I'm not at liberty to give what those leads are," said Maj. Ward Calhoun from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "I can simply say that those individuals may want to go ahead and turn themselves in because we're going to find out who it is."

For anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case there is a reward of up to $1,000. Meanwhile, Major Calhoun says reporting such information is important."

"Who knows, next time someone could break into your house or business," said Calhoun.


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