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Public asked to help ID men caught on camera during Exeter school burglary

Union Leader Correspondent

August 22. 2017 2:11PM

Exeter police are trying to identify this man and a second man caught on surveillance cameras at Main Street School. (Exeter Police Department)

EXETER — Police are trying to identify two men who are considered "persons of interest" after a burglary at Main Street School.

Police were called to the elementary school Monday after the break-in was discovered and some petty cash and office equipment were found missing.

"When we came into the office we noticed someone had come in. There was mud on the floors and it was obvious someone had gone through a desk," principal Steve Adler said. In his 10 years as principal, Adler said this was the first time the school has been burglarized.

Police Capt. Stephan Poulin said police are still investigating and haven't determined how the burglar or burglars got inside the school.

Adler said nothing was damaged, and that the burglary won't affect the first day of school on Aug. 28.

Still, he said the incident was concerning to school staff. "I think we live in a great community. Exeter really values its schools and it's certainly disappointing that someone would do this," he said.

During the investigation, police said a review of surveillance camera footage showed two men entering a construction site at the school at about 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The school is in the process of building an addition to support full-day kindergarten — a project that Adler said was on track and will be ready by next September.

Poulin declined to reveal the amount of money that was taken or the equipment that was stolen.

Police have received no other reports of similar school burglaries in recent weeks. The burglary follows a break-in in April at Barnard School in South Hampton in which a man allegedly busted a window and then stole musical instruments, equipment and supplies from a music and art room. The alleged burglar was scared off by a custodian, but later caught after he fled from police and crashed his truck.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with information on the Exeter burglary to call Detective Joseph Saluto at 772-1212 or leave an anonymous tip with Seacoast Crime Stoppers by texting TIPSCS to CRIMES (274637) or by calling 431-1199. Rewards of up to $1,000 are possible if information leads to an arrest or conviction.

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