Vandals cause $25,000 in damage to school

CRIME WATCH

November 23, 2006|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN REPORTER

Many of the faculty and staff of Children's Guild School in Northeast Baltimore are planning to work over the Thanksgiving weekend repairing bookshelves, replacing or repairing computers and removing globs of paint -- the result of a break-in by vandals Saturday afternoon that caused about $25,000 in damage to the special-education facility, a school official said.

Claire Turberville, vice president of administrative services at the school in the 6800 block of McClean Blvd., said no arrests had been made, although a surveillance camera caught several youths entering though a gymnasium door.

"The police have enhanced the film in hopes of identifying the intruders," Turberville said.

The break-in was discovered Sunday when staff members entered the building to do some work, she said.

Turberville said a similar incident in July resulted in $15,000 in damage to school property. No arrests have been made in the earlier incident, police said.

During the latest break-in, at least 40 computers were destroyed or damaged, rugs in at least two classrooms were damaged by paint spilled on the floor, several classroom cabinets were destroyed and a school office was vandalized, but Turberville said it was not known if any property was stolen.

Anyone with information about the break-in was urged to call the Northeastern District police at 410-396-2444.

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