Burglars strike Ridge View Elementary

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By Damon Lawrence

School and law-enforcement officials were still assessing damages Friday following an early-morning burglary at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
“About 1 o’clock this morning, somewhere in there, we had a break-in,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes confirmed Friday.
“There was a lot of trashing of the school, throwing papers around,” he added. “They got into some paint and threw it around.”
Rockwood police were preparing to file charges Friday afternoon.
“We have identified the three female juveniles that entered the school and did the vandalism,” Police Chief Bill Stinnett said. “There will be petitions taken out today on these three juveniles.”
Stinnett said the suspects would probably face vandalism and burglary charges.
“Extensive damage was done to the computer lab, computers, one of the copiers and several of the classrooms,” the chief said.
According to an E-911 report, police were dispatched at 1:08 a.m., and arrived at the school three minutes later. Stinnett said police found a door open and lights on in the office area when they got to the school.
“The officers went to clear the building and they heard a door shut at the far end of the school,” Stinnett said.
Aytes said Friday the school system was still in the process of determining the amount of damage that was done.
“It will probably take today and maybe part of next week to do the inventory,” he said.
The school system’s insurance is expected to cover the damage.
“We have a deductible we have to pay,” Aytes said. “Just like any insurance, above the deductible it will pay.”
Aytes said the damaged items included iPads.
“Just from my observation, they had to be in the building a while because of all the things they threw around,” he said.