A vandal tagged the outside and inside of portions of Helen Haller Elementary and the Sequim School District’s Athletic Field’s concession stand sometime between the first day of school on Sept. 2 and the morning of Sept. 3. Photo courtesy of Sequim Police Department

A vandal tagged the outside and inside of portions of Helen Haller Elementary and the Sequim School District’s Athletic Field’s concession stand sometime between the first day of school on Sept. 2 and the morning of Sept. 3. Photo courtesy of Sequim Police Department

Sequim school burglarized, vandalized

Helen Haller Elementary rooms, concession stand targeted

SEQUIM — One Sequim elementary school and a concession stand were burglarized and/or tagged sometime in the hours after the first day of school.

Sequim Police Department investigated a burglary and vandalism in at least one classroom at Helen Haller Elementary, 350 W. Fir St., and the nearby ticket booth/concession stand at the Sequim School District’s athletic field.

Sequim Police Department Sgt. Mike Hill said the burglary occurred sometime between the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 2, and the morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 3.

The burglar(s) entered an elementary classroom near the main office and spray painted graffiti on white boards and walls and portions of the school’s covered area by the playground, Hill said.

He said there were no signs of forced entry at the school, but there were visible signs of forced entry at the ticket booth/concession stand.

“It’s not uncommon to find small bits of vandalism and graffiti outside of schools, but it’s not common inside,” Hill said.

He said the last vandalism found inside a school was at the former Sequim Community School prior to its demolition after vandals found an open window.

“It was a crime of opportunity then,” Hill said.

Police will continue to speak with school staff seeking leads on the incidents, he said.

Anyone who has information about the incident(s), contact the Sequim Police Department at 360-683-7227.

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