The hunt is on to find whoever took thousands of dollars in copper from the roof of an East Texas school. Longview police say the theft was discovered late Saturday at South Ward Elementary school on Mobberly Avenue.
An alarm tipped police to a refrigerator problem at that's when officers discovered the theft.
"Unknown number of suspects entered onto the property climbed up on the roof and stripped about 50 feet worth of copper tubing" says Longview Police Sergeant David Scott.
It was a target job on over a dozen units, and all units were damaged.
"According to the reporting party and the school district there is approximately between 15-hundred and 20-thousand dollars worth of damage" Scott says.
Investigators say whoever did this knew what they were looking for, late Friday night or Saturday morning they got onto the roof where the took copper, but some of that copper was connected to the school refrigeration systems. Food was the main concern, the school stores foods in refrigerated coolers. But the fact that the copper was taken.. And in a bold fashion, has police thinking it may be connected to other thefts.
"Our property detectives are looking into all aspects and other types of related crimes that might fit the same pattern as this one" says Scott.
An LISD spokesperson says the district will make other arrangements for students meals.
They will hold classes for students as scheduled on Monday.