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School out thousands after weekend burglary

 

 














(Principal and Parish Administrator Doug Banks points at a shelf
that used to be full of power tools that now holds only a few sanders.)


SPOKANE, Wash. - St. Thomas More Parish and School is out an estimated $13,000 after losing a truck and assorted power tools in a weekend burglary.

The loss was discovered Monday morning by Principal and Parish Administrator Doug Banks. Banks got to the school at just after 5 a.m. to find a garage open and a truck, that has a plow attached, missing.

Upon further examination of the garage, Banks discovered that the thieves had taken thousands of dollars worth of power tools from the garage including leaf blowers, nail guns and compressors.

Banks said the school workers do 95 percent of repair and maintenance work on school grounds which is why there was so much equipment stored in the garage.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that the school just held its major fundraiser over the weekend - an Italian dinner and auction. Money from that fundraiser will now have to go to replacing stolen items.

Banks added the weekend burglary was not the first time the school has been hit.

"Two years ago on Christmas Eve the school got broken into and computers were taken and a large screen TV," said Banks.

After that theft, the school installed a security system, including cameras, but those cameras had not yet been upgraded to infrared. Banks plans on upgrading those cameras soon so they are capable of capturing video at night, too.

Banks estimated that the stolen truck and plow was worth about $6,000 and the tools around $7,000.

He said he hopes the person or people responsible needed what they took from his school and students and had a message for the thieves:

"I certainly hope you're in need... I hope you're in need of food or heat for your family... if it's to supply your drug habit, then shame on you because you took it from the kids," said Banks.

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