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PLSD, sheriff's office seek help following thefts from Pickerington High School North

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The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying an unknown man who stole cash from Pickerington High School North classrooms Nov. 30.

Security video at PHS North shows a man entered the school around 3:36 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.

He then is alleged to have gone through a number of classrooms and stolen $178 from teachers’ desks, according to Pickerington Local School District Superintendent Rob Walker.

Both Walker and Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen believe the man entered the school through a door which had temporarily been propped open by a school custodian or coach.

They said they had no reason to believe any district employees were involved in the thefts.

“We think it was an oversight,” Phalen said. “We don’t have any reason to suspect (school personnel involvement).”

Walker said the district is asking for help from the community to locate the suspect, who is described as appearing to be a black male in his 20s or 30s. The suspect also was wearing dark-colored clothing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, at (740) 652-7900.

“What we’re after right now is we need some help,” Walker said. “We need to have this person identified.”

In addition to the theft of money, Walker said minor damage occurred to some teacher’s desks, which had been locked and were forced open.

He also said the district is reviewing security policies during non-school hours and is reminding employees about the importance of keeping doors shut and locked at all times.

“Our belief is security in our buildings is paramount,” Walker said.

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