Break-in reported at Pine Hills Christian school for second time in recent weeks

Surveillance video shows man ransacking classrooms

By Mark Lehman - Reporter

PINE HILLS, Fla. - For the second time in two months, a small Christian school was ransacked during a break-in, according to the school's principal.

Judith Shealey said she found out about the burglary Sunday evening when landscapers arrived at the Lion of Judah Academy on Pine Hills Road.

"He told me that the doors are wide open and stuff was just all over the place," Shealey said.

Surveillance video captured a man breaking into the school around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

"Most of us are getting ready to go to church, which they should be doing also," Shealey said.  "If they were doing that, they wouldn't be able to come into the building and steal things."

Two televisions were stolen from the school, according to Shealey.

"This is ridiculous. We're looking at recovering from one break-in and now, again, another break in," Shealey said.

In August, eight computers, two televisions, clothing and several other items were taken during a similar burglary.

Two men were seen on surveillance video in that case, but they were never identified and no arrests were made.

On Monday, the school was closed while workers cleaned up broken glass and made repairs.

Shealey said the school has purchased additional surveillance cameras in recent weeks. Now, after the latest break-in, she's looking to add more security to the building's windows and doors.

"It hurts the kids, because now instead of me buying more, I have to go back and replace what the thieves have stolen," Shealey said.

Anyone who recognizes the men in either burglary is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

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