Sheriff: Betsy Layne Elementary School burglar left behind cell phones

Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 3:55 PM EST
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Employees are on high alert after a burglary at Betsy Layne Elementary School.

The school is believed to be just one stop in a string of break-ins earlier this month.

Officials believe surveillance footage shows one person taking computers, children's bookbags, medications from school buses, and even school supplies.

"They dumped them into garbage cans and took several cans of school supplies," recalled Andrea Humphries.

Mrs. Humphries is the vice-principal. She told WYMT the surveillance footage is from late February 1st into the early morning hours of the 2nd.

"It makes you as a person feel kind of violated. But as a school, it just makes us angry," said Humphries.

Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said he believed this was only one stop during a string of burglaries in the area.

"Betsy Layne, for whatever reason, has really been hit in the last couple of weeks, maybe a month," recalled the sheriff.

This time, the thieves left behind a crucial piece of evidence.

"We get lucky and crooks are not the smartest people in the world," Sheriff Hunt pointed out.

His department has two cell phones they found from the night of the burglaries.

"So we're in the middle of getting that analyzed and downloaded and hopefully it's going to give us a clear picture of the person who had it in their possession at the time they committed the crime," explained Sheriff Hunt.

As for now, the staff at Betsy Layne Elementary School are staying vigilant.

"We are constantly on guard, watching. We're making sure and double-checking all locks," said Humphries.

They hope something like this does not happen again.

Officials with the school have decided not to release where the burglary began due to the ongoing investigation.

"We are monitoring the area very closely where we feel they have entered the building and different places they have come in. We're hoping by not disclosing this information, that we will be able to catch the person soon," explained Humphries.

Sheriff Hunt said if you have any information about the burglaries, you can call the anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020.

Deputies need help with a couple theft/burglary cases: The attached picture/video is of a thief who unlawfully entered the Betsy Layne Elementary School and stole items belonging to teachers and kids. The crime was committed sometime between late Friday night, January 31st and Sunday evening, February 2nd.. If anyone can help us identify the thief in the picture, please call our office or anonymous tip line at 606-949-2020

Posted by Floyd County Sheriff's Department, Prestonsburg KY on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Additional footage of the Betsy Layne Elementary burglary.

Posted by Floyd County Sheriff's Department, Prestonsburg KY on Thursday, February 6, 2020

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