Police search for school intruder

Posted at: 10/26/2012 9:11 PM
Updated at: 10/26/2012 10:11 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of entering Wilson Middle School and stealing a laptop computer and purse.

School staff members said the items belonged to a special education teacher.

Albuquerque Police said the suspect then used a credit card from the stolen purse. After the incident Albuquerque Police say there were four other similar cases of laptops and wallets being stolen from Albuquerque Public Schools district schools.

The Wilson Middle School incident happened October 17 while kids were in school.

A video provided to KOB Eyewitness News 4 by the school district shows a man wandering up and down the hallway near kids and staff members. He roams around for about 15 minutes.

"It's very disturbing. Just to know that any random person can walk in off the street," parent Laura Cooper said.

Her daughter attends Wilson Middle School.

"It's very disturbing. I mean anybody can walk in and they can do anything to the school," said parent Lisa Gutierrez.

Some parents were concerned that the school did not inform them of the incident.

School district spokesperson Monica Armenta says notes generally do not go home that involve larcenies.

She also told KOB that she doesn't know what an Albuquerque Police Department school resource officer and the principal discussed why they made a decision not to send a note home.

Late Friday night the distrcit told us that security is being increased at the school.

Starting Monday someone will be stationed at the front door to make sure visitors either sign in at the door or report to the officer right away.

District officials say the day of the theft a staff member confronted the man in the hall and told him to go to the office.

It is unknown at this point if he signed in there.

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