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Thieves empty lockers at high school

Limited number of items stolen during incident

Powder Valley High School students received a shock when they arrived at school Monday morning.

The students learned that almost all of the nearly 100 lockers on the second floor of their school had been emptied Sunday night. Fortunately, few items were reported missing, according to school district officials. 

“They rummaged through lockers but didn’t take a lot,” said North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon.

Money from a purse,  three jackets and two backpacks were among the limited number of items reported stolen from the lockers. 

The lockers were easy to break into because only a handful of them were secured, Dixon said. The superintendent said that locks are available from the school but few students request them. 

Security cameras indicate that the incident occurred between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. and involved at least two people. It appears that the thieves did not break anything or use force to get into the building, Dixon said. 

The North Powder School District campus was busy Sunday evening with activities, including a volleyball event in the high school gym, which is not connected to the high school. 

Dixon believes the busy evening provided the thieves the cover they needed.

“Nobody was suspicious because of all the activities going on,” Dixon said.

The vandals dumped some of the items they took from the lockers in the high school library, from which they stole about five books.

Fortunately, the thieves did not steal or damage any computers. They had an opportunity to because at least one classroom, filled with laptops, was unlocked, Dixon said.

North Powder High School District Principal Gerald Hopkins said students handled the incident admirably, reclaiming items taken from their lockers and not getting too excited about the incident.

Dixon noted Tuesday that no students had come to the school office requesting locks since the incident.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, according to school officials. 

Dixon said that in the future the school district will upgrade its security system in response to the incident.

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