EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 1, 2011

Burglar targets vending machines at high school

By Jim Patten

HAVERHILL — Police responded to burgar alarms at the high school early Monday morning and again on Tuesday morning, where someone had broken into the building and attempted to break into vending machines, police said.

Deputy Police Chief Donald Thompson said yesterday an officer went to the school at 137 Monument St. about 1:52 a.m. Monday for an alarm call.

"He saw the person in the building but he could not get inside immediately," Thompson said.

Additional officers and a state trooper with a dog searched the building but the burglar ran out a back door and escaped, Thompson said.

Police found a door that had been pried open, allowing the burglar to enter the building.

At 5:58 a.m. Tuesday police responded to the building for a burglar alarm and discovered a door had been pried open and attempts made to break into a vending machine, Thompson said.

He said investigators are looking into the possibility that the same person is responsible for both breaks.