Former student cited for reportedly burglarizing Pike County school
School officials claim one man broke into Johns Creek Elementary School in Pike County.
It happened around 3:00 on Sunday morning.
"Well, it was an odd time. We don't have anyone here at 3:00 on a Sunday morning," recalled Principal Chad Thompson. "Teachers started noticing things gone early Monday morning."
The act is caught on surveillance cameras.
The school has around 30 cameras recording at all times.
"We went straight to the cameras to try to figure out what had taken place and that's when we had realized something had happened," Thompson recalled.
The burglar reportedly broke in through the gym's side door, damaging the lock in the process. Security footage showed the man stealing latex gloves from the front desk before he began wandering the halls.
Administrators told WYMT that school officials have about an hour and a half of security footage showing the man's activities.
Thompson said Price was seen picking locks on classroom doors with a screwdriver, coming out of rooms with different sets of keys and vaping in the halls. Several teachers' desks were broken into and money was stolen.
"It's very frustrating. It ties back into people feel violated. People want to feel safe," said Thompson.
After he watched the video, he called Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins.
"He actually had several teachers report that they were missing money from their desk drawers," Adkins recalled.
Adkins said Price is no stranger to the school.
"He was a former student at Johns Creek when I was principal there years ago," Adkins pointed out.
Now, Adkins had a strong message for future thieves.
"We just want them to know, if they damage our property or steal from our students, we will prosecute them," Adkins said.
Officials said Cory Price was cited for third-degree burglary.