Law enforcement investigating two high school burglaries
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Burglars broke into two Calhoun County high schools over the weekend, stealing computers and radios, while leaving damaged doors and windows in their wake, police and school officials said this morning.

Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said Wellborn High School’s principal discovered a break-in Sunday evening. Sparks said the school sustained damage to several doors and windows in 10 offices and classrooms. Two laptops, two handheld radios and a hard drive were reported stolen, according to a police report. The items are worth $1,520, the report stated.

Mike Fincher, director of safety for Calhoun County schools, said this morning that the school was operating on a normal class schedule.

Fincher also said he was still evaluating how much damage was done to the school and if anything else was missing.

“We’re doing a complete inventory right now,” Fincher said by phone.

Investigators are also trying to determine how the suspects entered the building, Fincher said.

Sparks said police are still following up on information provided by the school.

Wellborn Elementary School was also burglarized in January, the sergeant said. No suspects have been charged in that incident.

Ohatchee High School was also burglarized early Friday morning, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The report states an iPad, an 800 megahertz radio, three standard radios and $1,120 were stolen.

Fincher said the 800 MHz radio was used by an administrator and was deactivated after it was reported stolen.

“I’m sure the investigators are looking to see if they are connected in any way,” Fincher said of the two break-ins.

Sheriff Larry Amerson said Ohatchee’s principal discovered the burglary early Friday morning. Amerson said a lawnmower, a television and food also were reported stolen.

Deputies discovered the suspect entered the school through a window.

Amerson said the incident was still under investigation Monday and that no suspects had been named.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.

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