A safe at Willamette Valley Christian School was destroyed by burglars. Damage is estimated at about $15,000. (Submitted)

Of the Keizertimes

A pair of burglaries is expected to cost a private school in Brooks upwards of $15,000 in damage and missing supplies.

The culprits who broke into Willamette Valley Christian School twice – once between Sunday evening and Monday morning, and again the next day – forced their way in and did a number on the school, which has about 145 students from pre-school age through high school.

In the first incident, someone stole 10 to 15 flat screen computer monitors, a flat screen television, computers, a camera, guitars and a drum set, cutting computer wires and breaking lockers along the way. Entry was forced, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.

There was another break-in the next evening despite the school acting to repair and change the locks, the sheriff’s office reports. The burglar(s) pried open a safe, stole cash and even ate candy belonging to the preschool children.

“It appeared that the thieves spent a considerable amount of time in the school, going from room to room, cutting computer wiring, eating food from the kitchen and boxing up items to be taken,” read a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Office Manager Carrie Reichell said the stolen camera and a computer contained yearbook photos and articles.

“We rely heavily on our computer system to help our students be successful,” Reichell added. “The damage to the wiring was considerable and will set us back.”