Burglars strike Fort Worth special-needs school four times

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FORT WORTH -- The special-needs students of Wedgwood Academy returned from holiday break Tuesday to find workers making repairs from four burglaries since Dec. 9.

Thieves stole computer equipment and medications, including Ritalin, from the school Dec. 9, New Year's Day and Saturday.

The school for 85 special-needs children, at 4833 Selkirk Drive, leases space in an annex of Southcliff Baptist Church.

On Sunday night, the burglars broke into church itself and stole six microphones and a TV, according to a police report.

"It's crazy. It's awful," said Rachel Wittich, director of the academy.

"And we're just scared about when they're coming back and what they'll take next."

Security cameras show what appear to be the same five burglars breaking into the school and the church all four times.

Security measures, including patrols by a private company, have been stepped up. Police are investigating.

The burglars broke windows and broke down doors.

"I've seen the destruction they're capable of, and I'm tired of being scared," she said.

"I want to know I won't walk in on someone who is that strong.

"This is supposed to be a safe place for children."

-- Bill Miller

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