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Kershaw County schools broken into, thousands in damages

By Stephen Hooker - email

KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Thieves and vandals broke into some Kershaw County schools Thursday night and caused thousands of dollars in damages.

The Director of Operations for the Kershaw County School District is Billy Smith, who said he finds the whole situation "disappointing." He indicated the persons responsible broke out a window to get in, and once inside, those responsible caused $20,000 in damages and stole several cameras.

Across the road, North Central High suffered $10,000 in damages and lost computers. "It's always upsetting," said Mary Anne Byrd of Kershaw County Schools, "It's like our home. We spend a lot of time in the schools, and the community spends a lot of time in the schools."

The sheriff also has personal feelings. "It's very irritating!" exclaimed Sheriff Jim Matthews.

If you're involved in these break-ins, you might want to re-think your situation. Deputies came out of the schools with a lot of evidence, and there's something else - video. "Pretty decent video of whoever did it, and we're looking at getting those videos enhanced so we can make a better positive identification of them," expressed Sheriff Matthews.

There's more though. A $500 reward is being offered. All you have to do is contact Crimestoppers. "Go talk to your parents and tell them that you made a big mistake," stated Sheriff Matthews, "And you want to get it right and come in and see us."

The sheriff added the first one in gets the best deal. "If we have to hunt them down, we will be less lenient," he said.

So you might want to make that call. "I'm pretty confident that we're going to catch whoever did this."

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