Burglars hit Mission Road Elementary School
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Oct 12, 2010 | 2278 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Authorities believe more than one person was involved in an early-morning incident at Mission Road Elementary in Cartersville. Teachers and staff around 9:30 a.m. were still checking school and personal property, but preliminary reports indicate that someone got away with $1,800 in cash, which including fundraising money, and a $1,000 laptop computer.

“They forced their way through a door, broke a window to an office,” Bartow County School Resource Officer Chief Dan Knowles said. “They went into the main office just looking for money. They did get a laptop and just went through every drawer looking for anything.

“I would say it’s more than one [person] based on how much they were able to do in that short of a period of time,” Knowles said, adding a burglar alarm sounded. “By the time we got folks there, they were already gone. They were pretty quick so I think it’s more than one.”

Students’ routines were minimally affected by the incident. Knowles said the only change was students were served breakfast in their homerooms to allow staff to clean up the lunchroom and kitchen, in which a window was broken.

If you have information about the incident, call 911, the school at 770-606-5863 or Crime Stoppers at 770-606-8477. Cartersville-Bartow County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips and rewards are available for information leading to an arrest and can be retrieved anonymously.