DeleteFennimore High School was burglarized during the early morning hours on Friday, Dec. 9. Many items were stolen and vandalized, according to District Administrator Jamie Nutter.
“At about 1:30 Friday morning, we had people who gained roof access and entered through the window above the music room. They used a bolt cutter to break the window,” Nutter stated. “From there, they broke into classrooms, stole some items and did some damage. They left about 2:40 a.m.”
Nutter said the times were verified by the school’s video camera system, which also showed the individuals wearing ski masks.
Upon breaking into the building, the burglars broke into the school’s tech ed room and stole a cordless drill, which they used to gain access to additional rooms. They used bolt cutters to break into lockers and steal bookbags. They took laptops, computer hard drives, cash from the office safe, student medication, electronic scales, snacks from the kitchen, and more, according to the district administrator. They also used the drill to vandalize the Golden Eagle on the middle of the gym floor.
The school’s milk delivery man called the burglary in to the Fennimore Police Department within less than 10 minutes after the individuals left the premises, according to the weekly police report the department submits to the Fennimore Times. Police were on the scene around 2:48 a.m.
“The police contacted Principal (Dan) Bredeson, who contacted me. We arrived at the school between 3:15 and 3:30 a.m.,” Nutter noted. “We walked around with the sheriff’s department and police right away (assessing the stolen items and damage). Then we worked with maintenance to make sure everything was in working order and safe for the kids around the start of school. We had everything cleaned up and replaced by the end of the day.”
The school also held an all-staff meeting Friday and an all-staff e-mail was sent out in regard to the morning’s activities.
“Students were made aware of it by asking questions about what had happened,” Nutter added.
As of Monday, the staff was inventorying the items stolen and adding up replacement as well as damage costs.
Nutter believes the crime may cost the school between $5,000 and $10,000.
“You can imagine how we feel about it. It’s how you would expect one to feel when something like this happens,” he said. “Now we just clean it up and move forward.”
Fennimore Police Chief Rick Kreul was contacted in regard to the Dec. 9 incident and declined to comment due to the ongoing investigation.