Summit School broken into for fourth time in 1 year

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DULUTH, MN — Neighbors in Duluth’s East Hillside neighborhood are continuing to be concerned after the Summit School is dealing with yet another break-in.

It’s the fourth at the preschool in the past year – the first happened back in August of 2018, and two more happened in April before last week’s break-in.

Summit School staff say these break-ins have cost them quite a bit – tens of thousands of dollars to be exact.

Thieves have gotten away with computers, iPads, food and even security cameras, with the latest theft involving tv’s and several laptops.

Those items were apparently stolen around three in the morning on July 5th.

That’s when a staff member says she received a notification on her phone, indicating their security system showed motion inside the school.

She called the police the next morning, and they arrived shortly after.

According to police reports, there were no signs of forced entry this time.

In at least one of the past break-ins, police say they found broken windows at the school.

As the investigation continues, a teacher says they’re working on ways to heighten security, and hopefully put an end to the issue.

“I think that just being more aware, and just asking the community to keep an eye out please let us know, don’t hesitate. We just have a security system now that is in place and we’ve gotten on the same page with it and we got trained in on it last night,” says Serra Waldbillig, the lead teacher at Summit School.

Staff say they use a pin pad system which allows access to the building, and say parents have access to the code used during business hours.

After regular school hours, the code changes to one only school administration has access to.

Police say they still don’t have any suspects in custody in connection with any of the burglaries, and the only evidence at this point is the surveillance video.

Police say anyone who sees anything suspicious should call 911.

CBS 3 Duluth spoke with several people who live near the school who voiced their concerns, but didn’t want to go on camera for fear of possible retaliation.

RELATED: Duluth preschool experiences rash of break-ins, struggles to cover costs

A GoFundMe Page has been created to help raise money for the stolen items, click here to donate. 

Kaitlyn Moffett

Kaitlyn Moffett

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