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Employees warned about thefts at Wichita schools

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.

Wichita school district employees are being reminded to lock up their valuables after a series of thefts at five schools over the past few weeks.

In an e-mail to principals this week, Superintendent John Allison said staff members have had purses, wallets and other belongings stolen while they were out of their classrooms supervising students at the end of the school day.

Since the start of the school year, thefts have occurred at L’Ouverture, Spaght, Minneha, Cessna and Jackson elementaries, district officials said.

“Please remind your staff to lock valuables, both personal and district owned, in a safe place at all times,” Allison said in the e-mail. “It’s not enough to be out of sight.”

Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said detectives are reviewing surveillance video provided to them from district security officers.

“There is definitely some stuff going on, but we don’t have a good grasp on it yet, as far as how many (suspects) there are,” Nolte said Thursday.

Nolte reiterated that school employees should always stow valuables in a secure place, such as a locking desk drawer, cabinet or closet.

“We’ve got to always get that message out, to be aware and lock your stuff up,” he said.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com.

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