Woodsboro school burglar captured on cameras

Security cameras captured this masked burglar at Woodsboro schools during a burglary Wednesday morning.

Authorities are searching for a person captured on Woodsboro school security cameras during a Wednesday morning burglary.

Estimating the time of the burglary through security camera footage, Superintendent Janice Sykora said the burglar entered the school between 3:30 and 4:30 a.m. She learned of the break-in, theft and resulting damage to school property from a maintenance employee about 5:15 a.m.

About a dozen offices, classrooms and other areas were ransacked and damaged at the district’s two campuses, Woodsboro Elementary School and Woodsboro High School, where junior high students also study. The schools share the same block.

Sykora said the burglar appeared to have gained entry through classroom windows.

Although Sykora guessed the lone burglar had taken about $500 in cash from various places throughout the schools, but she was still working Wednesday to estimate the cost of the damage to property.

Numerous interior door windows were smashed. Desks and locked cabinets were emptied. And a vending machine was broken into.

“It was a huge mess,” she said.

Although Sykora said she had no idea yet who was responsible, some details made her think the person responsible may have been familiar with the schools. For one, she said, the burglar seemed to know where to find money.

For a school district that is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey damage, the burglary was another hard blow.

After delaying the school’s start Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m., some students still did not show, prompting Sykora to worry about whether students would feel safe there.

“We want people to feel safe when they come here,” Sykora said.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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