Hanford High School suspected burglar caught on camera

HANFORD, Calif (KFSN) -- Hanford High School has been broken into two times in the last week, and now investigators are on the hunt to find the suspect.

Plywood covers a window at Hanford High School's agriculture building after a suspected burglar smashed the glass, hoping to get inside.

Lt. George Hernandez with the Hanford Police Department said, "It appeared he tried to smash a window with what appeared to be a manhole cover but something was blocking the window from the inside so he was not able to gain entry."

The overnight burglary was the second at the school in less than a week. Hanford police officers are now hoping you might recognize the suspected burglar. Surveillance pictures from the school show him Tuesday night, and the night of February 5th.

Officers believe the suspect got over the fence that surrounds Hanford High's campus and targeted the ag building. Last Thursday, officers say the suspect pried open the door, and stole thousands of dollars in items.

Bruce Pickering with the Hanford High School District said, "The first time they broke a window, gained access, took a couple of checks, very little cash that was just a little cash box. We were able to cancel the checks."

Pickering said the crime is more of an inconvenience, and frustrating for students and staff.

"It's a drag," said Pickering. "It's just a drag, and we scramble in the morning to get to it, before the kids get here to get it cleaned up, boarded up, dealt with."

Lt. George Hernandez added, "You know especially for the FFA this money is probably stuff they raised through fundraisers to support their programs so when they lose this money obviously it has an effect on them."

Investigators and school officials are just happy they have a high quality video surveillance system. They're hoping someone will recognize the suspect, and give his name to police.

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