Middle School Broken Into, Vandalized


Rim Country Middle School was broken into and vandalized sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to Payson Police Sgt. Donald J. Garvin.

Payson Police responded to a call from Rim Country Middle School at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday reporting the break-in. Detective Henry Thomason and Officer Les Barr arrived on the scene and determined a break-in had indeed taken place.

Garvin said an investigation is still ongoing to determine an estimate of damages.

Thomason roughly estimated damage at $3,500, but said that figure could change as the investigation continues.

Garvin said police have no suspects or leads at this time.

"We have only begun our investigation, and we really don't have any suspects yet," he said. "However, there has been extensive damage to school property.

"We are asking the community, including kids, to keep their eyes and ears open, and call the police if they think they may know something, or have heard anything about this."

Garvin said windows were broken as well as computers in the computer lab.

Monica Nitzche, principal at Rim Country Middle School said the break-in did affect a couple of school activities.

She said, "The summer school program had to be moved because of the damage, but we will be able to move it to another area in the school without a lot of trouble."

The recreation program at the school might also need to be relocated to another part of the campus, but that the program will continue, she said.

To report a tip to Payson Police, call (928) 474-5177.

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