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Opelika police search for suspects in early morning burglaries


"You know kids make mistakes, but there will be plenty to pay when they're caught," says Dr. Mark Neighbors, Opelika City Schools Superintendent.

Surveillance video reveals two men walking the halls of Opelika High School around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, September 26.

The suspects entered the school, and broke into several offices by shattering the glass in each of the doors.

"We don't recognize them as our own, but they could be. We are working through that right now. Police are working through the video. They are certainly not older adults if they are adults," explains Neighbors.

According to police, nothing was taken from OHS, but the crime spree didn't stop there.

A short time later that morning, surveillance video caught a man breaking into the Grub Mart on Lafayette Parkway, across the street from the high school.

An employee who came into work that morning found the front door glass shattered. Several boxes of cigars, and an undetermined amount of cash, were missing.

"They may be related. At this point we can't say with 100 percent certainly that they are, but it could be possible," explains Captain Bruce DeLong of the Opelika Police Department.

After a $45 million renovation at Opelika High this past year, this break-in is the last thing administrators believed would happen.

However, with over 80 high-tech motion sensor surveillance cameras across the campus, they feel confident they will find who is responsible for the damage done.

"Our kids are pretty upset that someone would come in, and basically break the windows out of some doors to get into the desks and look for money, obviously. So they are upset about it, and certainly we are," says Neighbors.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Opelika Police Department Investigative Services Division at (334) 705-5220 or call the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665.

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