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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


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Thieves Steal Electronics From Tiny Ripley School

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Updated: 11/28 7:29 pm
Students and staff in a tiny local school are dealing with some ugly real world realities today.  That's because over the weekend thieves broke in to Saint Michael's School in Ripley and stole some of their hard earned, prized possessions  .Local 12's Rich Jaffe says the break-in are just the latest in a recent rash of robberies all across Brown County.

The thieves apparently got into the school through this office window, either Friday night or early Saturday.  According to the principal, they stole something from every single classroom, all six to be precise. They took laptop computers, flat screen TV's and cameras, all of which were new this summer. "Big deal. Our insurance through the Archdiocese will pick up the tab but it's just the idea that we have to go without TV's laptops, and the teachers can't use the smart boards so that's really a detriment to the childrens' education," said Sister Carol Ann Mause, principal of St. Michaels.

The thieves shattered a door to the principal's office trying to kick their way in, now it's been fortified with 2 by 4's.  The thieves made a pretty good haul at St. Michaels, especially  in the office-from there they got $200 worth of McDonald's coupons, $100 of student council money, and $56 of the students milk money taken right out of the secretary's desk drawer.  "They were looking for specific items and right now it seems to be the hot topic is these TV monitors, and TV's along with the laptops. Break-ins in the past couple weeks has just been non-stop," said Chief Harvey Bowman of Ripley Police.

Faculty and staff spent a long weekend cleaning up so the 58 students wouldn't be in for too much of a shock on Monday, and today they did something extraordinary.  "It's been a peaceful place for everybody from faculty, staff, students to be here and now our space has been invaded but this morning what I did, I had all the children get together in the hall way, told them what happened, what had gone on and then we prayed for whoever's responsible for taking what they took," said Sister Carol Ann.

Chief Bowman tells us this is probably the third time over the years that someone has broken into the school. The last time, the thief made his job easy, leaving behind his drivers license.

If you have any information about the breakin at St. Michaels cash in on it and call Crimestoppers at 352-3040.

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