Crime Stoppers doubles reward in high school burglary case
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 28, 2006 - The reward for tips about the break-in at Sulphur Springs High School just doubled. 

In an effort to generate more leads in the burglary and theft of more than $20,000 worth of welding equipment from the Vocational Agriculture Shop at Sulphur Springs High School, Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Crime Stoppers board voted this morning to increase the reward for tips on the crime from $1,000 to $2,000.

The Voc-Ag building was broken into sometime between 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and 8:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17. The shop teacher arrived at school that Friday to discover someone had not only forced entry into the building but had also stolen just over $23,230 worth of materials.

Among the stolen items were five welders, valued at $3,820, which had yet to be taken out of the box, along with four MIG welders valued at $7,940 total, a $2,000 plasma cutter, a $1,049 magnetic drill, a 115 volt generator valued at $1,079, as well as air bottles, chop saws, an air compressor, electric saw drill, sander, several different types of drills, seven grinders and numerous other pieces of welding equipment and accessories.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020. If the tip leads to an arrest or conviction in the case, the payoff for the caller could be as high as $2,000. Calls are handled in such a manner that the tipster's identity is kept confidential.

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