Payne hit by thieves

Published 11:09 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Monday morning burglary at Payne Elementary School has officers with the Selma Police Department looking for answers.

According to Chief of Police William T. Riley, one or more individuals entered the school between 1 and 6 a.m. Nov. 28.

“Some unknown person or persons entered Payne School by breaking out a window to gain entry and access to a classroom,” he said.

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“Once they got inside, the offenders took a $1,000 Compaq computer.”

Also taken in the burglary was a 32-inch Samsung television valued at $750 and a Dell computer valued at $1,000.

During the burglary, the suspects also caused damage to two of the doors when they attempted to pry them open. The damage to the windows and doors is estimated at $600, Riley said.

Representatives of the Selma Police Department investigated the crime scene and are still collecting evidence.

“Our crime scene techs were called to the scene and processed the information and tried to collect any possible evidence,” he said.

During the investigation, Riley said he encourages anyone with information related to the crime to call the department’s crime stoppers line.

“We’re hoping if anybody has any information in reference to these items, that they will notify the police department and call the crime stoppers line.”

The break-in at Payne was the only spoiler in an otherwise slow holiday weekend.

“That was really the only major thing we had over the holidays,” Riley said. “We are sorry to hear about the break-in at Payne, but we are thankful to have had an otherwise quiet holiday weekend. Normally, the holidays are where you get bombarded with robberies and felony assaults.

“We were very fortunate that so far this is one of the only major things.”

The department’s crime stoppers line is 1-800-44CRIME and the secret witness line is 874-2190.

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