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Mesa police, district investigating break-ins at three schools

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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Mesa police and school officials are investigating a number of recent break-ins at two junior high cafeterias and a high school library that resulted in more than $2,000 in damage and stolen food items.

The cafeteria at Brimhall Junior High School, 4949 E. Southern Ave., was broken into on April 25, and the cafeteria at Taylor Junior High School, 7055 S. 32nd St, was burglarized on April 26, according to Helen Hollands, spokeswoman for Mesa Unified School District.

Three suspects, who appear to be in their teens, can be seen on video surveillance, police said.

The suspects were able to enter at least the Taylor building through a door on the roof of the building before making their way through part of the ventilation system, police said.

Then, on April 30, the library at Westwood High School, 945 W. 8th St., was also broken into. An alarm went off after a window was broken, but nothing was stolen and it does not appear that anyone entered the school, Hollands said.

Overall, $1,600 in damage was done to the buildings and $500 worth of food items was stolen.

Anyone with information about the break-ins can call Mesa police at (480) 644-5429.

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