Henry County authorities are trying to solve an expensive case of vandalism at a school in Headland. A reward is being offered to help solve the crime.
Someone broke into Headland Middle School last Friday night and did more than $20,000 dollars worth of damage. They kicked open a back door to get inside.
Principal Rickey Allen says the number one target was a $12,000 dollar digital surveillance system that was still in the process of being installed.
“It’s devastating,” says Allen. “This school is very personal to me. I’ve dedicated a lot of hours and time to it and what's best for these students. I’ve always said I want this to be the best school in the nation.
No personal property was destroyed or taken. In fact, nothing much appears to have been stolen at all, but the suspects ransacked offices, damaged vending machines and trashed filing cabinets that were already unlocked. And, because they knew the lay-out of the security system, Police Chief Mark Jones believes students may be to blame.
“The DVDs were destroyed during the break-in, but we have the hard-drives off of both systems that we're now taking and retrieving information from the hard-drives,” Jones says. “So, therefore we will have people walking through the school turning cameras and stuff on these hard-drives.”
In addition to the usual Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1000 dollars, District Attorney Doug Valeska is offering even more money to help solve the crime.
“That's why we're putting up an additional $500 dollars 'cause it’s important to show the students and administration that we support them,” Valeska explains. “So we'll pay to catch them. If you know who did it, the money is yours. Just call and we'll get 'em in jail.”
School officials are also considering offering a reward of their own to help identify and apprehend whoever is responsible.
If you have information about the case, call either the Henry or Houston county Crime Stoppers numbers. Authorities say all callers will remain anonymous.