Man steals more than $15,000 in supplies from local elementary school

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 4:27 PM EDT
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Officials are looking for a man who stole more than $15,000 in electronics and school supplies from a Knott County elementary school.

Teachers say Monday morning they knew something was off when they arrived at their classrooms and saw items thrown around.

"I noticed even before I went to the school that there was a basket on the floor and I said that's unusual,” said Judy Hall, a substitute teacher who had several iPads taken from her room.

She says it is upsetting because many of the students she’s teaching need those supplies.

“I thought ‘oh no what are these kids going to do?’ Because some of my kids listen to their reading stories every week that need the extra special help,” said Hall.

The man came in by breaking through a back window. Security video recorded the man during the several hours he spent early Sunday morning taking items from the school. At one point he even reheated leftover food from a classroom refrigerator.

The man is roughly five feet, ten inches tall, with neck tattoos.

“It became very clear whenever we saw that there were items shuffled on the floor, there were things removed off the wall,” said the school’s principal, Jared Huff. “We knew that something was going on.”

Since Jones Fork Elementary is a smaller school, with roughly 150 students, these items are essential to everyday classroom work.

“The material that he took from us is, it's pretty detrimental to our day-to-day function, so if anybody does have any information I'd love it if they could help us out with identifying this person,” added Huff.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Knott County Sheriff’s Department.

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