Versailles police look into burglary, vandalism at career center

Wanda English Burnett

The Southeastern Career Center was burglarized and vandalized sometime between the hours of 11 p.m. Monday, October 18 and 4 a.m. Tuesday, October 19, according to Versailles Town Marshal Joe Mann.

Marshal Mann received a call about 5 a.m. Tuesday morning from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, who had arrived first on the scene at the school. While Mann wasn’t on duty at that time, he responded along with his deputy marshal Lee Mathews. “We knew we needed to get in and out of there because school would be starting soon,” Mann told The Versailles Republican.

Indiana State Police Crime Scene technician Rob Ewing was also contacted to process the scene.
Some classes were delayed slightly on Tuesday, but the school was back in full operation by the afternoon.

Mann noted that it was a case of “hit and miss” vandalism and theft that made no sense. He said there was a lot of vandalism throughout the building with various items taken from the school, including some cash.

Police believe those responsible for the crimes gained access to the building through a locked door.
Anyone with leads in this case is asked to contact the Versailles Police Department at 812-689-6221 or the 911 communication center at 812-689-5555.