Burglars strike schools during break

Published 8:51 pm Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Although Troy City and Pike County Schools had their fall break last week, one person – or several people – were eager to go back to school.

A concession stand at Goshen High School, a break room at Banks Middle School and the Troy-Pike Center for Technology were broken into and burglarized during the break, according to information from Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas and Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage.

Pike County deputies received reports on the break-ins at Banks Middle School and Goshen High School.

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At Goshen, the chain link fence was severed and the lock on the concession stand door was cut through. The burglar or burglars then stole four small coolers colored blue, gray and red; five cases of Gatorade; seven cases of Pepsi; seven cases of Mountain Dew; five cases of Dr. Pepper; three cans of Ring Pops; and two boxes of tortilla chips, with a combined value of $459.

At Banks Middle, the deadbolt lock to the break room was cut and taken from the scene. An assortment of potato chips, valued at $80, was stolen.

At Troy-Pike, TPD Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said the rear fence was cut and the back door was forced open. Two outside speakers were missing, a gold 2006 Hyundai belonging to the school was damaged, and the locks on the “snack shack” were damaged but not broken, according to information from the police report. Inside the school, the Internet line was severed.

Due to the school break, Thomas and Scarbrough both said police are unable to pinpoint a specific time or even a specific date on any of the break-ins. The Goshen break-in occurred between Tuesday and Sunday, while the Banks break-in may have happened any time between October 8 and Monday.

Scarbrough said the break-in at Troy-Pike was reported at 8 a.m. on Monday, and the break-in occurred sometime between Friday and Monday.

Troy Police and Pike County deputies are eager for information regarding these burglaries. Those with information connected to the burglary at Troy-Pike can call the Troy Police Dept. at 566-0500 to speak to a detective. Thomas said the Pike County Sheriff’s Department is offering a cash reward for information on the burglaries at Goshen and Banks. The department can be reached at 566-4347.