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Fort Zumwalt School District targeted by burglars

8:12 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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By Talia Kaplan

O'FALLON, Mo. (KSDK) - Police are tracking down a brazen burglar who targeted two schools just miles apart.

All together, police say the burglar got away with nearly $5,000 worth of stuff, everything from iPhones to clothing.

It happened in the Fort Zumwalt School District, and now students are on edge.

Nathan Sims, a junior at Fort Zumwalt North High School, was in for a surprise when he came back to the boy's locker room after his practice last Thursday afternoon.

"I saw my pants laying there and I dug through it and saw my wallet and phone were all gone," said Sims.

He wasn't the only victim. Police say there were eight others. They say the man responsible got away with about $2,000 worth of stuff.

O'Fallon police officer Diana Damke categorizes this as a crime of opportunity and offers some advice.

"You always have to make sure to keep yourself safeguarded. Secure your items, "said Officer Damke.

An hour after this incident, at Fort Zumwalt East High School, St. Peters police say someone walked into the boy's locker room and stole nearly $3,000 worth of stuff from five students.

Dr. Bernard DuBray, the Fort Zumwalt superintendent, says he is taking proactive measures to make sure students feel safe.

"We brought our hall monitors. We've got them staying after school now from the time school is out from around 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. when practices are over," said DuBray.

St. Peters and O'Fallon police are working together to try and solve this case. They continue to investigate and are trying to figure out if the same person is responsible for both incidents. They are reviewing the school's surveillance video but so far they say they have no strong leads.

Anyone with information should call O'Fallon police at 636-240-3200 or St. Peters police at 636-278-2222.

KSDK

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