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Cops investigate school break-ins

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Police are examining security video from the school that shows at least two suspects moving equipment from the building into a car. The thieves apparently gained entrance into the school through a window off the courtyard.

Break-ins occurred at Castle Heights Upper Elementary School sometime on Wednesday, Nov. 24; at Cedars Preparatory Academy sometime during the weekend of Nov. 27-28; at Walter J. Baird Middle School early Sunday morning, Nov. 28; and Byars-Dowdy Elementary early Tuesday morning.

“Electronics are the big thing they’re looking for,” the chief said.

Wilson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two break-ins that occurred at Friendship Christian School on Coles Ferry Pike, one on Oct. 6 and the other on Nov. 18.

The suspect, or suspects, took TVs, digital video cameras, money and a VCR-DVD combo from FCS.

Wilson County Crime Stoppers has offered a reward in that case of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the theft.

“We suspect the same people could be involved,” Bowen said.

Video from the surveillance camera at CHUE showed one person in the school while video from the cameras at BDE and WJB each showed two people. The chief said the suspects wore dark clothing and hoods and one wore a ski mask to cover his face.

Officers have increased their patrols of local schools which is how the BDE break-in was discovered.

Bowen said the break-ins have occurred early in the morning, between midnight and 5 a.m., “somewhere along in there.”

If you have any information regarding any of these break-ins, call Lebanon Police at 444-2323. You may also call the Sheriff’s Department at 444-1459 or Crime Stoppers at 444-JAIL (444-5245).

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