LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Lee County Sheriff's Investigators need your help identifying three young men who they say broke in, vandalized and stole items from Smiths Station Junior High School.
Now there is surveillance video showing the offenders inside the school. The break-in happened in the early morning hours of Tuesday when the building was empty.
Superintendent Dr. James McCoy says he's extremely disappointed it happened. He says at no time were kids in any danger and says they will press charges as soon as investigators can identify the suspects.
The suspects can be seen on the video entering Smiths Station Junior High by creaking out a window in a door. Carrying flashlights, they spend a few hours inside the school, going from room to room, where investigators say they stole cash, a laptop computer, a vinyl bag and some gym shoes.
They also vandalized the offices and when they left, they stole a school truck.
"We believe the same individuals did steal a 1988 GMC Truck parked up at the school, it was old and green colored vehicle and it was parked in the back at a loading doc," explained Captain Van Jackson, with LCSO.
The suspects are young white men, between the ages of 15 and 19. Investigators found drops of blood at the scene and believe one of the suspects cut himself while breaking in. That blood is being processed as evidence.
In all, the suspects did several hundred dollars in damage to the school. An estimated value for the stolen items, cash and truck is still being determined. Capt. Jackson says the Sheriff's office will have deputies on campus, like they always do, while detectives work to bring the suspects into custody.
If you recognized any of the young men in the video, you are asked to please call law enforcement at (334) 749-5651.