ODESSA, Texas – Two weeks ago, Barbara Jordan Elementary School students and faculty returned from the weekend in cold classrooms. Police said someone climbed onto the roof of the school and destroyed six AC units and some of their electrical systems. Now Odessa Crime Stopper needs your help.
Mike Adkins with the Ector County Independent School District, says this is pretty upsetting.
Adkins adds: “It’s disappointing when something of yours gets damaged by someone outside.
He said that this is not the first time something like this has happened but unfortunately it forced some unnecessary changes.
“Unfortunately, this is something we have to deal with and it is disappointing, you know for sure, that it distracts from the overall mission, which is to get children to come and have a safe and comfortable place,” said Adkins. roof,” said Adkins.
ECISD police said the school caused approximately $26,000 worth of damage. Now, the school says this affects not only physical assets, but the way it operates.
“So you’ve got the labor hours you put into it, a police investigation, the repair, the cost of that repair, all of that could be better focused on,” Adkins said. something geared towards teaching and learning, unfortunately, it’s not.”
Now Odessa Crime Stoppers are on the scene and looking for your help in the investigation.
Officer Freddie Nayola of the ECISD Police Department said: “Once our leads are pretty much all over, all exhausted and we can’t continue, we’ll be looking to the public to see what they know. “.
He agrees with Adkins that this is not unusual. Nayola says the department is unfortunately noticing a lot of vandalism, theft and trespassing on school property.
“At night, especially on weekends, children go to school and sometimes they use the playground. Nayola said we often have burglaries on the weekends and at night the kids come in and vandalize.
Nayola works closely with Odessa Crime Stoppers and says the presence of such an organization makes a huge difference in a community and is a great way to keep it safe and engaged. bring people together.
Nayola added, “I think that’s great, because it doesn’t just need officers to tackle crime and go out there and do good, but it also needs the community, to go out there and police each other, if i may say so, but the community they have eyes and ears, and you know how rumors spread, they spread a lot faster so we can get more information about that. ”
Fortunately, the school was able to repair most of the damage caused, fairly quickly, and classes were able to resume as usual.
Now, the ECISD Police Department and Odessa Crime Stoppers are working to find those responsible.
If you know anything about this case, call Odessa Crime Stoppers, there will be a reward for any information leading up to an arrest. You can also submit tips anonymously through the app.
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