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Burglars taking toll on charter school

Community Charter School turns 4 years old next month, but pupils there are already getting a lesson in crime. Their school at 404 Edison Ave. has been targeted by burglars for the third time in the about the past seven months.

All three burglaries -- two of them in the past week -- involved the theft of expensive school property, but no arrests have been made. The most recent theft, reported to police over the weekend, involved 14 laptop computers.

Principal Karen D'Aurizio told Northeast District police that someone broke into the school between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Saturday.

Once inside, the burglar disconnected the school's three-alarm key pads, broke through a locked door and stole the 14 laptops.

A Buffalo police detective, along with the department's photography and evidence units, were called to the school to investigate.

Police said there was yet another burglary at the school last week.

In that incident, five windows were smashed at the rear of the school sometime between 1 p.m. last Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. The damage was estimated at about $2,000, and items worth about $3,000 were stolen.

Last November, two Dell computers worth about $2,000 were stolen from the school when somebody broke in by forcing open a window.

Community Charter School officially opened in August 2003, but planning for the school began in 1998.

The school -- which offers classes from kindergarten to the sixth grade -- had 308 pupils enrolled this school year, according to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute's Web site.

Another Buffalo school was also the victim of a burglary over the weekend.

Five or six juveniles broke into the former Kensington High School at 319 Suffolk Ave., which is currently the temporary home for Hutchinson-Central Technical High School.

Northeast District police said they went there at about 10 p.m. Saturday to respond to an alarm call at the school. Officers found one juvenile inside the school, with two bottles of paint from the school inside his pants pockets.

The other youths jumped out a first-floor window and ran, but officers apprehended one of them in the rear of a house in the 100 block of Oakmont Street.

The two juveniles were arrested on burglary charges, but their accomplices are still being sought.

Police said the juveniles had broken into the school through a first-floor window and tried to steal a basketball.


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