Lake City H.S. leaders working to prevent future break-in



Posted on October 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:40 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho.--A recent car burglary at a Coeur d’Alene high school is unsettling.

The suspect entered the school while class was in session and stole a set of car keys from a teacher.

The District Superintendent reassured parents that school officials are working to make sure something like this does not happen again.   

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School officials said incidents like the one that happened at Lake City High School on Thursday are extremely rare.

Police said the man walked right through the front doors of the high school, entered an empty classroom, stole a teacher’s pair of keys and made off with the car.

A principal at the high school said the man blended right in.

"This young man got taken as a student. In fact, we thought he was just one of our music students,” said Lake City High School principal Deanne Clifford.

The Coeur d’Alene school district superintendent sent an open letter to the community following the incident and said he found the footage disturbing.

"Safety is our number one priority and we want to make sure we're creating that safe environment,” said Superintendent Matt Handelman.

Handelman said the car theft comes in the midst of security upgrades that started at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The district installed new security cameras and added an additional school resource officer. They also reconfigured the front offices at both Lake City and Coeur d’Alene High School.

Both Handelman and Clifford said it comes down to relying on one another.

"We have to be more diligent in making sure that we're making sure that everyone is coming in the office and checking in,” said Clifford.

The suspect has been identified by multiple school resource officers. Authorities said he is from Spokane, has a history of theft and has no connection to Lake City High School.