Man breaks into elementary school in Buda, causes ‘extensive’ damage


BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Staff at Carpenter Hill Elementary School will have even more work to do for the first day of school after a man broke in and vandalized the building early Friday morning.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office says the man broke into the Hays Consolidated Independent School District campus located at 4410 Farm to Market 967 in Buda and caused “extensive damage” inside the school.

Most of the damage was done to the common areas of the school’s first floor. Computers, windows and trophy cases were damaged. The suspect also set off the fire extinguisher in the library. However, the suspect (or possible suspects) did not enter any classrooms or steal anything.

One suspect was caught on camera carrying what appears to be a crowbar. He was also wearing black shorts, a t-shirt and a baseball cap. The suspect left in a dark sedan.

Suspect who broke into Carpenter Hill Elementary School in Buda on Aug. 10, 2018. (Hays County Sheriff's Office)

“By and large, we will recover from the vandalism in terms of the materialistic things. What’s going to be harder to get over is the emotional damage,” district spokesperson Tim Savoy said.

The district says insurance should be able to cover the damages, but the cost estimate has not been established. A spokesperson for the school district says the cost could be in the six figures. 

“It is frustrating and disappointing to have this happen,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “Our teachers and campus employees are busy getting the school ready for classes to start at the end of the month. It is a time of excitement for a new school year. Having someone break into the school and vandalize it just simply makes me angry.”

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who recognizes the suspect or his vehicle to contact them at 512-393-7875. 

Hays CISD starts school on Monday, Aug. 27 but teachers return on Aug. 20. 

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