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Lakeland Schools Enter Lockout After Home Burglary Attempt in Shrub Oak

Lakeland High School Credits: File Photo

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Three Lakeland school buildings went into “lockout” mode this morning after an attempted burglary in Shrub Oak, according to Yorktown Police Chief Robert Noble.

Between 9­-9:30 a.m., a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a black backpack and sunglasses attempted to enter a Pine Court home, Noble said. The man is described as white with an "average" height and build.

“He attempted to enter a residence unaware that the homeowner was home,” Noble said. When confronted by the homeowner, the man fled.

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Noble said the man made no threats and did not display a weapon. Not taking any chances, school administrators decided to enter Lakeland High School, Copper Beech Middle School and Ben Franklin Elementary into lockout mode, meaning nobody was allowed to enter the schools.

“We don’t believe any of the students were in any danger,” Noble said. “It was a smart precautionary measure for the schools to take.”

Noble said his officers and detectives are canvassing the area. Police are asking residents who live in the vicinity of Pine Court to review their home surveillance video systems beginning at 7 a.m. and share any possible sightings of the suspect with the Yorktown detectives. The detective division can be reached at 914-962-3856. The lead investigator is Det. George Davis.

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