School break-ins - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Metaxas, 7/30/04, 5:55 p.m.

School break-ins

A Target 5 Investigation into school break-ins. Target 5 found that dozens of schools in the city reported break-ins, some more than once. They happened all over town. Investigators say preventing them won't be easy or cheap.

Many Memphis City Schools may be easy targets for burglars. Our Target 5 investigation dug through police records and found nearly a hundred school burglaries within the last year, close to a dozen this month alone. Parent Mary Herod said, "It happens a lot in the community in our homes, so naturally it's going to spill over to our schools." Both Hamilton High School and Frayser Elementary got hit four times over the last year. Down the street at Frayser High School, just last week, vandals broke windows to get inside and damage $700 worth of computer equipment. Two days later someone broke in again. Here's a breakdown of the break-ins. We found 33 schools were hit once this year, 16 hit twice, five schools three times, and two schools four times. Damage from the burglaries ranged from just a few dollars to a few thousand dollars. MPD's burglary division says solutions range from new windows, to new security systems, to new schools that have both. But all of it takes money. It's a decision that's ultimately up to School District and the School Board.

We wanted to know what these break-ins cost the district. The few board members we were able to contact Friday said they didn't know much or anything about the break-ins. A district spokesperson referred me to the security chief. He never returned our calls.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly