Burglars target elementary school

Published On: Feb 05 2013 06:34:24 PM CST

Feb. 5, 2013: Burglars forced their way into an elementary school and stole electronics. Phillip Mena reports.

BRAZORIA, Texas -

Cafeteria workers at a Brazoria County elementary school arrived at work Friday to find the school had been burglarized.

"It's disheartening more than anything," Principal Susan Harriman said. "Money is hard to come by these days, and anything that they've taken affects the children."

Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District Police said that they aren't sure how many people could have been involved in the break-in at Wild Peach Elementary, 3311 County Road 353, however, they said it was "impossible" to believe it was a solo crime.

"It's upsetting that people would want to steal from a school," parent Penny Frisby said. 

According to CBISD Police Chief Danny Hankins, the burglars kicked and pried their way in through a classroom window. 

"There were doorknobs lying in the floors in the hallways," Hankins said. "There were doors that were open that are usually locked. It's just amazing the amount of damage that was done by whoever did it."

Once inside, they went from room to room stealing TVs, computers and video game consoles, mostly from the after-school program classroom. 

"It's things kids enjoy doing that they don't have right now," Harriman said. "It'll affect the after-school program more so than our daily operations."

More than 100 children are enrolled in the after-school program.

According to district spokesman Dr. Darryl Morris, property damages alone are estimated to be about $7,000.  ?

CBISD police said they don't have descriptions of the suspects. 

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Columbia-Brazoria ISD at 979-345-5147.

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