Po­lice hunt school thief

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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