A thief made away with 50 feet of one-inch copper piping from Webster’s Corners Elementary, which caused a flood and shut the school down on Wednesday.
The break-in took place the night before with the thief making his or her way into the school’s crawlspace.
When the flooding began, the school was shut down for the rest of the day.
A maintenance crew was sent to the school and they noticed that the section of the school’s water line was missing.
The crew was able to repair it so that school reopened today (Thursday).
“At this point we have no final estimate in terms of replacement/repair costs, since much of this will depend on how long it takes to completely dry the space out,” said school district spokesperson Irena Pochop. “Rick Delorme, our director of maintenance, gave us an early prediction of three to four days.”
The thief was able to get into the crawlspace by cutting off a lock to the exterior hatch.
Pochop said the school district has a plan in place to prevent a similar break-in from occurring.
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