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Authorities investigate 8 school burglaries in four-county area

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Video surveillance caught two suspects. Source: WBRC video Video surveillance caught two suspects. Source: WBRC video
Police say the suspects broke this window on the bookkeeper's office. Source: WBRC video Police say the suspects broke this window on the bookkeeper's office. Source: WBRC video
Police say this is the safe thieves broke open to steal around $2,000. Source: WBRC video Police say this is the safe thieves broke open to steal around $2,000. Source: WBRC video
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

St. Clair County and other local authorities are searching for the suspects in several school burglaries.

Police say eight schools have been burglarized since October, including Iola Roberts Elementary in Pell City, which was hit twice.

The latest burglary happened Friday night at Leeds High School and investigators say that more than $2,000 was stolen from a safe. Band director Chip Wise says that $1,200 of that money was from a band fundraiser.

"It makes me very upset," Wise said. "For a band program, it's a lot of money. We need that. Travel is expensive...we just have a lot of needs. They're stealing from my kids and my boosters."

Based on surveillance video, Leeds Police know that two suspects broke into the school. Their faces were covered and they wore gloves during the alleged crime. They broke the window on the bookkeeper's office door and used equipment to open the safe.

Walter M. Kennedy and Duran South middle schools were also broken into. Authorities say the schools were vandalized but nothing of value was taken. Moody Elementary and St. Clair County High School were also burglarized. St. Clair County school officials say more than $1,000 was stolen from the high school.

In St. Clair County, law enforcement is increasing patrols, workers are double checking doors and windows and security cameras will be installed.

Leeds High School is still making repairs from Friday's burglary. The school is getting a security system installed. Wise is hopeful the suspects will be caught.

"They're gonna get caught. You don't do people this way and it not come back to get you," Wise said.

Schools in Ohatchee and Lincoln were also burglarized. The chief investigator in St. Clair County believes that same suspects hit the schools in his county, Ohatchee and Lincoln.

If you have any information on these break-ins, you are urged to call your local law enforcement.

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