Police hunt school thief
Police are hunting an intruder who caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage at a Rutherglen school.
The thief targeted Cathkin Primary early on Thursday morning.
Police are hunting a teenager who caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage in a break-in at a Rutherglen school.
The thief, believed to be in his teens, smashed a number of windows and doors at Cathkin Primary School before making off with £25 set aside to buy flowers for a teacher who had been off sick.
The crime took place in the early hours of Thursday morning and kids had to be shepherded into school via a side door the next day.
Headteacher Joanne McLean was disgusted at what happened.
“They got into the front foyer and administration corridor as well as damaging the front door of the nursery,” she explained.
“There are at least five different doors or windows smashed. I would say it’s certainly hundreds of pounds worth of damage.
“Someone was clearly determined to get in.
“It looks as though they were just looking for cash and we’ve been lucky there wasn’t much to take.
“It’s not nice coming in to see that kind of thing.
“It has been very upsetting for the children. Some of the younger ones are worrying that he is still here so we have been reassuring them.
“Anything you steal from a school is effectively stealing from children.
“We never leave anything we have raised overnight but the staff do have a flower fund. We have a member of staff who has just come out of hospital and that money was going to be used to buy them a bouquet of flowers.”
Ms McLean added: “It’s just wanton damage. We have been very lucky at this building over the past 11 years and there has never been a break-in or issues with vandalism.”
CCTV images captured the thief in action and a description has been released. He is between 16 and 18 years old and was wearing red trainers, a grey Adidas tracksuit top and jogging bottoms as well as a white skip cap.
A man with a similar description was caught on camera in East Kilbride the next night, breaking into Canberra Primary.
Two hooded suspects ransacked the school, opening cupboards and drawers and throwing items on to the floor.
Damage Office staff Irene McKenzie and Alicia Nelson
Disgusted Headteacher Joanne McLean