FRANKLIN, Ind. (August 6, 2015) — Police in Franklin are asking for the public’s help catching three crooks caught on camera breaking into schools.
One suspect broke into Franklin Community High School and two others broke into Franklin Community Middle School. On Thursday, police released surveillance video of the crimes in the hopes of making an arrest.
The video shows one of the suspects using a key to break into the high school.
The suspect calmly opened various locked doors and spent nearly one hour inside the school looking for things to steal. The thief repeatedly walked past security cameras, but had his face covered by a Butler Bulldogs shirt.
Two weeks after that crime, surveillance cameras also got a picture of two young looking criminals who broke into the middle school.
“It’s sad to think the kids think over the summer that’s what they should be doing, breaking into school late at night,” said Franklin Schools Superintendent David Clendening.
Clendening says the students who broke into the middle school used a door on the roof.
Both the middle school and high school have changed their security to try and prevent any future thefts. Aside from the timing, police do not believe the two crimes are connected.
“You know, I don’t these are individuals that pose a big threat to the schools. They appear to be juveniles or young adults,” said Franklin Det. Sgt. John Borges.
In the first break-in, the suspect pulled a cart with a small safe and three digital cameras out the door.
The pair of burglars from the second incident didn’t get away with anything of value.
“I think we are dealing with people that are not skilled burglars,” said Borges. “We’re wanting to find these people so we can put them through the justice system.”
“If you look at the videos, the kids in the buildings are probably our students,” said Clendening. “They knew where the cameras and where things are. We’re hoping they get caught.”
So far no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information on the suspects seen in the videos can contact the Franklin Police Department at 317-736-3670.