NYPD continues investigation on Bronx school break-ins
Police are still investigating a string of break-ins at schools across the Bronx following a recent burglary at Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy.
Law enforcement officials say two unidentified people entered the building after school hours on March 24, vandalizing glass doors to several classrooms.
According to the NYPD, this marks the 11th school burglary of 2023, the school has been the target of two robberies within an eight-day stretch, with both incidents taking place just after 2 a.m. The previous incident took place on March 16, where over 50 calculators were stolen. Police have not determined if the robberies are connected.
The city’s Department of Education says the schools are not unsafe due to the burglaries and that their top priority is to maintain the safety of the students.
One Riverdale resident whose grandchildren attend a school next to Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy says he worries for their safety.
“I’m also concerned… why aren’t the doors locked completely,” said grandparent Steve Reich. “It could have been somebody with a gun waiting.”
While no one was injured as a result of any of the 11 break-ins, police told News 12 that over $50,000 worth of damage and property was compromised.
The suspects involved in these crimes are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 18.