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Northside burglarized Thursday night

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By Becky Barnes

Officials are looking into a break-in that occurred overnight Thursday into Friday at Northside Elementary School.

Superintendent Andy Dotson said the thief or thieves pushed out a window in a hallway to gain entry into the building. Once inside, they took cash from the safe that was part of the staff’s “Biggest Loser” contest.

Dotson said it appeared the culprits were looking for specific items and not interested in vandalism. There were also two digital cameras missing.

DeeGee Fischer, assistant superintendent, said staff members are still trying to determine if other items were taken.

The incident is under investigation by Ptl. Scott Loechel of the Cynthiana Police Department.

Loechel is also the officer in charge of the recent and on-going investigation into mail matter that had the school on lock-down for two weeks.

Dotson said it is not believed that the two incidents are related.

However, he said security of the school and more specifically the students and staff are the primary concern.

“We feel like we’re in real good hands,” Fischer said of the law enforcement involvement in both investigations.

She commended Chief Ray Johnson and the CPD as well as Sheriff Bruce Hampton and the Kentucky State Police.

A letter to parents is being sent home with students Friday afternoon.

She said that once law enforcement has deemed that release of information will not be harmful to the investigations, a parent meeting will be held so that school officials may respond to parents’ questions.