By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Officials are investigating a string of property crimes which have occurred at three Berkeley County Schools since last weekend.
Wednesday morning about 3:45 a.m. firefighters were called to a suspicious fire in the playground behind Bedington Elementary School in northern Berkeley County, said Roger Barron, fire captain of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department.
When firefighters arrived, a plastic slide and a wooden deck around it were on fire in the playground, said Barron.
Barron said there was no one around when authorities arrived at the blaze, which has been labeled as suspicious.
The state Fire Marshal's office has been asked to investigate the blaze, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Rob Blair.
Barron said there was a breaking and entering at the school last week. Details of that incident were not available.
Last weekend, equipment was taken from Hedgesville High School and Hedgesville Middle School after the buildings were broken into, according to Superintendent of Schools Manny Arvon.