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Golf cart, computers stolen from Jefferson High School

October 15, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Nearly $5,000 worth of valuables, including a golf cart, computers and musical equipment, have been stolen from Jefferson High School and the nearby Ninth Grade Complex since early October, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday.

Also, about seven cars parked at the high school or at the nearby train commuter parking lot at Duffields, W.Va., have been broken into recently, Deputy B.S. Williams said.

And on Thursday, Jefferson High School Principal Sheri Hoff notified deputies that another laptop computer had been stolen from a classroom at the school, Williams said.

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"They've been having some big problems at that high school," Williams said.

Deputies said they have suspects in the thefts from the schools and the car break-ins.

The first theft at Jefferson High School occurred between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4 when someone or a group of people broke into the school's band room by cutting a chain on a door with what appeared to be bolt cutters, according to a sheriff's department report.

A snare drum and a snare drum vest valued at $550 was taken, the report said.

On Saturday, Oct. 9, between 10:15 a.m. and 12:32 p.m., two males entered the Ninth Grade Complex next door and took a laptop computer, a VCR-DVD player and other computer equipment, the report said.

The suspects were caught on video surveillance camera, police said.

On Oct. 11, a golf cart valued at $2,400 was stolen from Jefferson High School, the report said.

The golf cart later was found outside a home in Kearneysville, W.Va. It had been spray painted and covered with a tarp, police said.

Police searched a home in Frederick, Md., where one of the teenage suspects lives and found one of the school's laptop computers, the snare drum, the VCR-DVD player, two ski masks, bolt cutters and two walkie-talkies, which police believe were used during the Ninth Grade Complex theft.

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