Officials at Aurora Academy are hoping the community can help police catch a thief who keeps breaking into their facility in east Toledo. This is not the first time the school has been hit with crime and vandalism.
It has been a rough few months for the school. Back in December, thieves broke in, stole electronics, and spray painted nasty slurs on the walls. Officials say Monday's hit marks the sixth time, and they are fed up.
"It's heart wrenching. It brings you to tears when you come into school in the morning and see that somebody has broken into your home, and that's what it is for us: a home," said Cindy Wilson, executive director at Aurora Academy.
Wilson says thieves are making it hard to stay focused on their mission of a positive future, when they keep coming back.
"They broke a steel door down in our basement, and somehow, got around our motion detectors, which have now been replaced and repositioned," said Wilson.
Wilson says it feels like they just finished scrubbing the racial slurs from the walls and trying to replace the upwards of $60,000 worth of loss and damages from December's break-in, where suspects also let animals loose in the building.
"We just keep doing what we need to do, like boarding up our windows, putting on new locks, more security," said Wilson.
This time the thieves got away with cash, but teachers say that is not the only thing they are taking from students.
"Children come here to learn, and it's really upsetting that someone would want to take that away, just for profit, or revenge, or whatever. It's very disheartening," said Tonya Corbett with Aurora Academy.
Wilson thinks she is on to whomever is behind this cold-hearted pattern, because she believes it is someone who has been there in the past. Still, she says no matter how many times thieves break in, they cannot break Aurora Academy's spirit.
"We come just come back with a renewed attitude everyday that Aurora Academy is here on the east side. We are Ohio's first charter school and we intend to remain here," said Wilson.
Anyone with more information on the crimes is urged to contact police.
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