Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Police probe theft of school money

August 29, 2001

The Basehor Police Department is looking into a theft of $5,000 at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Basehor Police Chief Vince Weston said he could not comment on the case because the investigation was ongoing. He said the details of the case could be released as the investigation goes forward.

Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 10, approximately $5,000 in cash and checks was stolen from Basehor-Linwood High School during summer enrollment. Most of the money from the theft was from enrollment fees, school officials aid.

School administrators weren't sure of the exact day or time of the theft and all information regarding the incident has been given to police.

Although the cash and checks were stolen, the school's staff was able to ease the burden of the monetary loss by notifying the banks in time to stop payment on the checks.

After paying the bank fees and absorbing the loss of the cash, the school district lost $800 to$900 in the theft.

While some details of the theft are still sketchy at this point, BLHS Principal Bill Hatfield said money that is usually put in a safe was left in a desk for a brief time. The theft occurred when the office was occupied.

"What appears to have happened is a person found a time when the front office people were not there and grabbed part of what was in the money bag," Hatfield said. "That is an assumption, but that is what appears to have happened."

The high school does have a crime tip program in place for students to inform teachers or faculty when a crime occurs, but Hatfield said there has been no information volunteered yet.

"We haven't had any occur in this instance," Hatfield said. "We have had really good leads in the past come up to help us solve situations, but in this particular instance, I have a feeling, because we didn't have many kids around the building at that time, they wouldn't be able to say.

"We have been hopeful that someone would attempt to pass one of these checks and the police might be able to solve it that way, but to this point we haven't had that happen," Hatfield added.

The stolen money was going to the school district to help pay for a variety of things, Hatfield said.

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