Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2014

Police seeking information in B&E at school

By CHARLES OWENS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

RICHLANDS, Va. — Deputies in Tazewell County are searching for two men wanted in connection with a breaking and entering into Raven Elementary School.

School officials realized the break-in had occurred Monday morning prior to the arrival of students. The two men entered the school on Sunday damaging a window and vending machines. They also stole money and other school property, according to Sheriff Brian Hieatt.

“The school did have cameras inside of it, and one of the first things they (the two suspects) did was turn the cameras around,” Hieatt said. “We are asking for anybody that may have information, or may have heard something to contact us and let us know.”

The break-in was discovered just prior to the arrival of students Monday, according to a statement from School Superintendent Dr. Michaelene Meyer.

Once school officials realized what happened, the students being bused to Raven were instead transported directly to Richlands Middle School. Meyer said an automated call also was sent out by Tazewell County Public Schools to the parents of the Raven Elementary students notifying them of the change and where they could pick up their children.

Meyer said all students are safe and were not allowed to enter Raven Elementary. School officials then contacted the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.

There was no threat to students or staff at the school. Hieatt said the school is scheduled to reopen today.

“There is not a lot of damage to the school,” Hieatt said. “Just the window, and the vending machines. The school will resume normally (today).”

Hieatt said an active investigation continues. He is asking for the public’s help in finding the two suspects.

“Hopefully, we’ve got a couple of areas we are looking at,” Hieatt said. “A lot of times people hear things, and contact us, and it leads us to the right direction.”

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Detective Taylor Quillen at 276-988-1169, or email her at Taylor.Quillen@tazewellcountysheriff.org. Hieatt said a private message also can be sent on the sheriff's office Facebook page for those who wish to remain anonymous.   

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com