Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary | Crime

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Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary
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Clay County Sheriff's Office Trying to Cut Down on School Burglary

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Stealing from schools.

It happens several times a month in Clay County unincorporated area schools, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Kenny Wager with the Juvenile Crime Unit said it can be anything from pocket change left in desks to thousands of dollars in electronics.

Some of the burglars could be too familiar with the classrooms.

"We have a lot of burglaries that juveniles are involved in," said Lt. Wager.

Clay County's Juvenile Crime Unit handles finding the suspects and preventing thefts in the first place.

The number of cases increases during the summer and vacations, according to the Sheriff's Office. So do patrols of the school grounds.

"We're constantly watching," Wagner said.

Although they do occasionally find unlocked doors, Wagner said most of the burglars force their way into the schools, picking locks or breaking windows.

In April, nine digital projectors were stolen from Doctors Inlet Elementary School.

The suspects used a pocket knife to defeat the lock, according to the Sheriff's Office, then tried to sell the projectors for $200 each to an undercover detective.

Two juveniles and one adult, 18-year-old Daniel Grady, were arrested.

"One of the suspects lived right down the street and led the others," Wagner said.

Wagner couldn't confirm if any of the suspects had once attended the elementary school, but said it's possible.

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