More than 100 Lincoln High School students were told to lock their cars after learning that a burglar had broken into their vehicle in the afternoon, according to Cumberland County Schools.
“The school system is working with our law enforcement partners and will provide students with all available support, including the right to an in-person meeting to discuss this matter and to provide additional information as it becomes available,” the district said in a statement Monday evening.
The school district said the incident happened just after 8 p.m. on Wednesday and that all students were released from school on Friday.
According to the district, students at Lincoln High have been asked to lock all their cars and return to their classrooms at 6 p.k.
Monday to provide security.
Lincoln Principal James D. Henson said the students will be held accountable for the incident.
“They have not been able to lock down the vehicles or leave the school property, so we’re going to be working with them,” Henson told the Lincoln Democrat.
Henson said he didn’t know what was in the car that was stolen, and that he could not speculate on the identity of the burglar.
Higgins said the school district is taking the matter seriously and that the Lincoln Police Department is also investigating.
“We’re going through all of the information we can gather to determine if this is connected to any other incidents,” Hensley said.
He added that Lincoln students should be aware that Lincoln High is a high school.
“It’s our duty to protect our students, and we will work as hard as we can to provide them the safety they deserve,” he said.
Liz and Mark Stinson of Lincoln, Neb., said they were in the Lincoln school parking lot after a parent dropped them off at their home after their children’s basketball game at Lincoln Public High School in Cumberland.
Liz Stinson said she was shocked by the news, because her three children are students at the school.
They said they saw a white man in a red truck get out of a car that had its license plates stolen from a Lincoln High parking lot.
They immediately called the police, and a Lincoln police officer arrived to check on them.
The police officer told Liz Stenson that the suspect was a man in his mid-20s who looked like he was from Kentucky.
“He didn’t say anything and didn’t want to speak to us,” Liz Stissons mother, Mary Hensleys, told ABC News.
“I just felt bad that this could happen to my children,” Mark Stissors mother, Julie Henslins, said.
The Lincoln Police say the suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
They say he has black or dark brown hair.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (402) 726-4270.