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Local elementary school burglarized twice in one week
ESCAMBIA COUNTY - The Escambia County School District now says C.A. Weis Elementary School was burglarized twice last week. In one of those break-ins, on Christmas Day, two suspects were caught on surveillance video. The other burglary happened earlier in the week.
C.A. Weis has been broken into a few times this year. After the school was hit in April, an alarm system was installed. It was triggered in one of last week's burglaries.
A surveillance camera captured two hooded suspects strolling down a hallway in the school at around 5:30 PM Christmas Day. The school district says a window was broken and the suspects were inside for about two minutes before the alarm went off. The burglars got away with a computer and a TV.
"They don't break into my house," said William C. Walker Jr., who lives across the street, "They break into my house, a mortician's gonna come and get 'em."
Walker is a foster parent of two students at the school. He says he and the family members he lives with feel helpless about the situation.
"It's outta my hands, outta my control," Walker said, "I mean I'm not a cop or anything. I'm not gonna see who's breaking into it."
"I wouldn't want my kid to go there to be honest with you," said Lisa Walker, William's daughter-in-law.
She says she's thinking about moving to keep her four-year-old out of Weis Elementary.
"If it keeps on happening. Nobody's gonna stop it," Lisa said, "They could get broken into when they're going to school."
The sheriff's office asked us not to reveal the date of the burglary that happened earlier last week. A district spokesman says the school security officer who lives on campus found a broken window and that they're still figuring out exactly what was stolen. It's unclear if that crime is connected to the Christmas Day break-in, or to the burglary in April, in which three suspects were caught on camera.
The suspects in each of the break-ins are still at large. If you have any information that can help investigators, you're asked to call Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP.