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Metro Police Probe School Break-Ins

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. ­- Metro police are investigating a rash of school break-ins.

School officials also are taking action. They are beefing up late-night security to try and catch the culprits.

The damage and the stolen goods will end up costing the district thousands of dollars.

"We don't know. We don't know," said W.A. Bass Middle School Principal Janet Murphy.

She can't figure out how someone slipped into a portable at the school and stole calculators, a CD player and several thumb drives.

"It's always disappointing," she said.

The thumb drives contained teachers' work.

Murphy said they didn't contain any "student information on there that we're aware of."

Police are also investigating burglaries at the Cockrill school building and Paragon Mills Elementary School.

Ralph Thompson, Metro's assistant superintendent for student services, said the school district is out thousands of dollars due to the materials stolen and the damage caused during the burglaries.

Thompson said fingerprints were collected and the incidents do not appear connected.

"Believe it or not we believe that they were three separate incidents at this time," he said.

Murphy hopes the culprits are caught.

In the meantime, she plans to takes steps of her own.

"I guess, the thing is we just continue to need to monitor, to work together and make sure our building is safe," she said.

This is the second time the middle school has been hit in as many weeks and it was the same portable.

The school has installed a better security system and they plan to hire additional security to patrol at night.

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