At approximately 115am and 2am Thursday morning, several persons wearing dark clothing, operating a dark colored SUV drove on Shell St. and stopped two blocks from Eastside Elementary School. They then walked towards the back side of this campus, these persons used unknown tools to remove approximately $30,000.00 worth of air/heating units. They took their time removing the protection fence around the units. They even brought a spray lubricant to unscrew the rusted nuts holding the fence posts to the concrete. They continued by unbolting the air conditioner units outer housing and then cutting the copper out of the units. A 2” conduit which runs below the roof line was also dismantled. The thieves unbolted clamps and cut others to remove the conduit with the copper wire in it. They made off with the air conditioning parts, copper, wiring and conduit. The group moved the equipment off the school property and two blocks down the road using wheeled carts.
This Felony Theft disrupted nearly a half dozen classes throughout the day at this campus. School officials have moved numerous students around to ensure every child was able to complete the day of instruction and attendance.
The last night time Felony Theft, where suspects had stolen numerous School Bus batteries, led to the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of all stolen batteries within 24 hours of airing. Your assistance, your work, your time is vital and does work. Also, there is a REWARD being offered by the Cleveland ISD for anyone with information which leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of these suspects who, in the middle of the night, stole a large amount of valuable equipment from our children.
Video is now being analyzed. As the thieves got close to the cameras they would cover their faces, however due to the quality of the cameras the images are being professionally analyzed as several times before they covered their faces they were already in the cameras view.