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Vandalism, burglary hits Peru Central

"It's my opinion that the person who did this just happened to find it," said Sypek. "I don't think it was planned or that this person knew where the money was ... It was just one of those things where they just fumbled upon it by accident and got lucky."

The person or persons responsible for the crime could face charges which include third-degree burglary and face up to seven years in prison if convicted, said Sypek.

Scott emphasized the school district was able to resume normal operation of the areas within the campus affected by the break-in immediately following the state police investigation of the scene March 23. The superintendent also stressed "99 percent" of those who access the campus do so respectfully and for appropriate reasons.

"This is an exception to that pattern," he said. "We would certainly hope that remains to be the case."

The school district is currently working closely with state police in following up on leads received regarding the crime. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to contact state police at 563-3761.

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