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Last week's midday march against drugs by Orchard Park school children offered an opportunity for a thief to enter South Davis Elementary School and rifle three teachers' purses.

Police said they have a suspect and will seek an arrest warrant from Village Justice Philip Marshall, according to Detective Thomas Norman.

Norman said that while the pupils were gone for about an hour during the march last Wednesday through the village, about $200 cash was taken from the teachers' purses. The teachers reported the theft later that afternoon when they went shopping and found their cash gone.

The suspect, a young man in his late 20s, was spotted inside the elementary school by a secretary.

"He told her he had car trouble and was looking for some jumper cables," Norman said. "She brought him to a teacher she knew had cables, and when the teacher saw the guy, he (the teacher) said, 'I know you,' and the suspect took off."

Norman said another teacher was robbed at the middle school, a block away from the elementary school, during the noon hour parade last Wednesday through the village, but that he had no way to link the
suspect to that incident.

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