By Mary O’KEEFE
For the second weekend in a row a La Cañada school’s campus was vandalized and bronze plaques were stolen from the high school.
The weekend of July 9 to 12 four bronze plaques at an estimated value of $5,400 were stolen from various areas on the La Cañada High School campus.
“One plaque was [stolen] from the restroom next to the softball field,” said Det. Brian Tibbett.
On the weekend of July 16-18, suspect/suspects forced their way through a gate that surrounds the campus of La Cañada Elementary in the 4500 block of Encinas Drive, Tibbett said.
The suspects cut the lock on the disaster container that houses the emergency supplies for the school. Nothing was reported stolen. It then appeared the suspects went to the outdoor science center area and pried a large bronze plaque off a concrete worktable.
Each of the plaques stolen were dedicated to those who have supported the schools.
Detectives assume the plaques were stolen for their recycle value. These have been the only facilities that plaques have been stolen from but Tibbett is concerned that this may be a trend.
“Those who have plaques or will have plaques in the future may want to have them on an interior wall,” he said.
He also suggested taking other precautions that may protect them from theft. In each case the plaques were pried off their affixed location. As always law enforcement reminds the community to contact the CV Sheriff’s Station at (818) 248-3464 if they see anything suspicious.