Police Believe School Vandalism, Burglary May Be Gang Related

An investigation is underway in Beeville after vandals broke into a middle school there, causing more than $100,000 worth of damage.

Police said the vandals stole money and valuable electronics Tuesday morning, and they believe the break-in is gang related.

According to police, it was like a tornado went through the school. There was broken glass everywhere.

Authorities believe the vandals may have used rocks to smash a classroom window, and that's how they got in. From there, the vandals made their rounds, going from classroom to classroom, the cafeteria, and the administration offices and damaging everything in sight.

All of it happened in the early morning hours before school on Tuesday. Police said the vandals rummaged through classroom drawers, and broke into snack vending machines and cash registers in search of money. The vandals also took at least 13 laptops.

"In years past, we've had some schools that have been broken into, but not to this magnitude," said Lt. Richard Cantu, Jr., of the Beeville Police Department. "They did some pretty good damage to the school."

Surveillance cameras did capture four suspects wearing masks. Police are currently processing that video for better quality, but did share still images from the security cameras.

Police said the suspects actually flashed gang signs at the security cameras.

Kiii News Reporter Mike DaSilva went Live from outside of Moreno Middle School with the details.


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