The police department’s number one priority the last couple of weeks is catching the person or persons who are breaking into the Abbeville schools.
Abbeville Police Chief Tony Hardy is making his patrolmen check and double check the doors and windows around every Abbeville school, including Vermilion Catholic and Mt. Carmel.
Even Chief Hardy has gone on patrol late at night to check the schools.
For almost three straight weeks, an Abbeville schoolswas broken into by what looked to be the same person. Each week the person entered through a broken window in the back of the school. The person walked around the school and then took a fire extinguisher and opened it in the classrooms, spraying white powder.
The cleanup of the schools cost the school board thousands of dollars.
The School Board is offering a $1,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and a conviction of the criminal.
Herod Elementary was broken into twice, Eaton Park Elementary and J. Williams were broken into once. Only at J.H. Williams Middle School did the criminal not spray a fire extinguisher in the school.
Thursday night the Vermilion Parish School Board is having a special meeting to talk about adding video cameras to the three Abbeville public schools. The school board will learn prices on certain video equipment.
In the meantime, Chief Hardy said he has no plans to stop patrolling around the schools at night.