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 Break-in at KHS Leaves School with Thousands in Damages

March 12, 2008 - Knightstown High School suffered thousands of dollars in damages during a break-in early Saturday morning According to Detective Cpt. Kim Cronk of the Henry County Sheriff's Department, one or more persons broke into KHS on the west side of the building sometime between 1 and 4 a.m. Saturday. While it doesn't appear anything of value was taken, Cronk did say damages could be in the $6,000-$7,000 range.

To gain access to different parts of the building, Cronk said windows were busted out of several doors, including one in a science room, four near the central office and the doors near the cafeteria. He also said the office of administrative secretary Vickie Rhodes had been ransacked, and that the cafeteria cash register was damaged while being forced open.

"It was obvious they were looking for money," Knightstown Chief of Police Danny Baker said Tuesday morning. "They went through the cash register in the cafeteria and broke into the desk in one of the offices. I'm sure they were looking for some quick money."

Baker told The Banner that he has a juvenile suspect in the case. He said he spoke to the juvenile and the juvenile's mother earlier Tuesday morning, before school, and that he planned further questioning after school.

Jena Schmidt, CAB's public access officer and administrative assistant to the superintendent, told The Banner that a KHS employee discovered the damages from the break-in during a routine check of the building, which has no alarm, Saturday morning. She confirmed that the school corporation had not discovered, as of Tuesday morning, any stolen items.

"At this point, other than damage, we haven't found anything that was taken," Schmidt said. "There wasn't any money kept in the office."

Schmidt told The Banner that CAB didn't have final figures on the damages yet, but said the $6,000-$7,000 estimate offered by Cronk could be close. "That's what we're guessing," she said. "That's basically damages. If we find something stolen, it's obviously going to be more than that."

Anyone with information about this break-in is asked to contact Cronk at the HCSD's Dept.'s Criminal Investigations Division at (765) 529-5669, or KPD's Baker at 345-2785.


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