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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Extensive Damage, Expensive Loss After Molino Park Elementary Burglary, Vandalism

August 13, 2013
The damage at Molino Park Elementary School is being described as “extensive” by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office following a weekend burglary and vandalism.
Someone broke into the school on Highway 97 between about 4:30 Friday afternoon and 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the crime was discovered by a teacher.
Thousands of dollars worth of electronics were stolen from throughout the school, including Apple computers, iPads, Wii gaming systems, cameras used by the school’s student-operated closed circuit TV station, along with other items. As teachers returned to work Monday, items were still being discovered missing and inventoried.
“They stole computers that are needed for education; they stole from our kids,” Molino Park Principal Alice Woodward said. “These were items directly used by our students.”
Portions of the school were also  vandalized during the break-in. Ceiling tiles were damaged or destroyed throughout the campus, and holes were punched in walls. A vending machine was also toppled and burglarized.
“The Sheriff’s Office is working to identify those responsible,” Escambia County School District Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross said Monday. “We are cooperating fully with law enforcement, and we hope for a swift resolution.”
A complete tally of items stolen or a dollar figure has not yet been released as the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation.
Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP or the Escambia Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous and did not have to give their name.
Pictured top: An empty spot marks the locations of a stolen Apple computer from a Molino Park Elementary School classroom. Pictured inset: Numerous ceiling tiles were damaged during the burglary and vandalism. Pictured below:  Three Apple computers were stolen from this desk in a computer lab. Pictured inset: An overturned and burglarized vending machine in the school. photos, click to enlarge.

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