UNION, NJ – Eight adults and one juvenile are believed to be responsible for the break in at Union High School in late June resulting in the theft of $26,000.

Police say a worker at the High School contacted police at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, after she found her desk damaged.  Police viewed the school’s surveillance cameras which showed individuals breaking into the school at about 1:30 a.m.  According to the surveillance footage, the individuals wandered around the school until they reached the main office where they forced open desk drawers. 

A secretary at the school reported to police that she had an unusually large amount of cash due to the fees that were collected as the school year concluded.  Police say the money was locked in one of the desks that was burglarized.

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Working with the school principal and vice principal, police were able to identify several of the suspects.  Detectives viewed footage from exterior surveillance cameras and observed the vehicle used by the suspects.  Detectives later found and stopped the vehicle.  Based on evidence found, police arrested the driver and one of the other men.

Detectives are working on criminal charges for the remaining suspects.  According to police, it appears the suspects are recent graduates of Union High School. 

Police report the theft of approximately $26,000, a school iPad and other school property. 

This crime is being investigated by Detective Adam Jovic and Detective Sergeant Victor Correia.  Anyone with information about this crime, should contact the police department at 908-851-5080 or via e-mail at AJovic@uniontownship.com.