Cash taken in school burglary
Thieves made out with cash and checks after breaking into Basehor-Linwood Middle School in Linwood late last Wednesday night.
Superintendent Robert Albers announced the news at Monday night's school board meeting.
The suspect or suspects first attempted to pry open the door to the multipurpose gymnasium.
"If they would have been successful in getting that door open, it would have set off the motion detector and the alarm would have gone off," Albers said.
The intruders made their way into the school, instead, by removing metal trim around a hallway door and prying it open. Albers said there are no motion detectors in that area of the building.
According to a Leavenworth County sheriff's report, the suspects forced their way into the food service office and into a locked filing cabinet, damaging both the wooden door to the office and cabinet drawers and lock.
An estimated $146.50 in petty cash and lunch revenue, $430 in personal checks, a money box and a money bag were stolen. The total loss was estimated at $875. Albers said they did not reach their insurance deductible.
Officers put the incident into context with other thefts in the area, Albers said.
A 14-year-old male broke into Linwood city hall Dec. 1 and stole a Sony voice recorder and several other smaller items. Officers followed a trail left by a dolly the suspect brought to carry the stolen items from city hall to his home. A search warrant was served at the home and the stolen items were recovered.
Albers said they are looking into updating the school's security system and plan to store money in a more secure location in the school.