Police investigate burglary at LMS

A weekend burglar used this classroom window to enter and exit the school.
A weekend burglar used this classroom window to enter and exit the school.

By Jena Johnson - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Locked windows and security cameras were still not enough to stop one burglar at Lufkin Middle School.

"It angers me that a place that's supposed to be a safe place for our students that someone would have the disrespect to break into these classrooms," Principal Vickie Evans said.

A weekend burglar passed on many expensive items. Instead going for eight-dollar headphones, students backpacks and even a package of macaroni and cheese.

"It was a strange theft. I think because they were entering and exiting through this window," Evans said. "They were able to pry open some of our outside windows."

The burglar also stole a picture of a teacher, a picture of her child, lotion one student's laptop.

"I wasn't expecting someone to steal my laptop or even break into the school," Parker Ford said.

Parker Ford says now he's asking for a new computer for Christmas, one he says he desperately needs for school work.

"It's kind of hard for me to like write so I need a laptop," he said.

"We need to find other ways rather than taking from innocent people," Evans said.

It's not just happening in Lufkin. Money and a laptop were stolen from two Center ISD campuses. A Center church was broken into twice, the thief taking $1,100 in offerings. This frightens students like Ford.

"I think people are desperate and they're doing things that hopefully they wouldn't normally do, but it hurts other people," Evans said.

Police arrested a possible suspect Sunday, driving a stolen car with some of the stolen items, including mac and cheese. No charges have been filed.

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