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Hurley principal ‘disappointed’ by second summer vandalism

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY ó Vandals targeted Hurley Elementary School again over the weekend, leaving more than $1,000 in damages.
According to a Rowan County Sheriffís Office report, one of the schoolís janitors notified police at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning after noticing a window on the second-grade hall had been damaged.
After an investigation, the report said, four windows were found damaged around the school, including one in a school mobile unit.
The burglary is believed to have happened over the weekend between Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. and early Monday morning.
ěIím very disappointed that itís happened twice this summer,î said Hurley Elementary School Principal Kim Walton.
Walton said sheís working to step up security, notifying neighbors to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. ěWe do have an alarm system and everythingís working properly,î Walton said.
Walton said itís difficult because a public road runs beside the school and vehicles are often parked in the schoolís parking lot.
ěIíve instructed (neighbors) to call 911 if they donít recognize the car or the person,î Walton said
Thieves also stole more than $500 in two-way radios and two boxes of chicken nuggets.
The burglary is the second incident involving Hurley Elementary in recent weeks.
Thieves damaged three air conditioning units outside the school on July 26 and stole the copper piping from them.
Rowan County Sheriffís Office spokesperson John Sifford said the burglary may be related to the July 26 incident. Sifford said deputies will be ěvigilantî in watching the area for any future incidents.
The Sheriffís Office asks anyone with information to call 704-216-8715.

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