October 2, 2014

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Thieves take booster club’s funds

AVON – About $3,000 in booster club funds were stolen last weekend during a smash-and-grab burglary at Heritage South Elementary, said Heritage Boosters President Wendi Schwartz.

Avon detectives said the break-in is still under investigation, but they wouldn`t talk about what happened or whether the suspects are students or adults.

Schwartz said the circumstances of the break-in were suspicious because booster funds usually aren`t kept at the school.

“It appears there was some knowledge that the money was being kept on school grounds and about where it was being kept,” she said.

Investigators spent Monday and Tuesday at the school following leads, according to a letter sent home to parents by Principal Michelle Kocar.

“Damage was minimal to the building and everything was cleaned up prior to student/staff arrival on Tuesday morning,” she wrote.

Schwartz said the stolen money was from sales of Heritage “spirit wear” over the past two months and from a recent pizza and ice cream social fundraiser.

Parents were asked to call their banks to cancel stolen checks, and Schwartz said many offered to re-write donations. Most of the stolen money will be reimbursed through insurance, she said.

Schwartz also said having detectives at Heritage during school hours upset many of the students.

“The children jump to all kinds of conclusions,” she said. “One of my son`s friends was absolutely sure they had broken through a window in his classroom. There was definitely some fear there.”

Contact Jason Hawk at 329-7148 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.