Hinsdale Police Investigate Thefts at Hinsdale Middle School
Between $400 and $500 has been stolen from Hinsdale Middle School's parent-teacher organization.
Hinsdale police are investigating several thefts that occurred at Hinsdale Middle School recently.
"On several occasions in the past month, cash was allegedly taken from the Hinsdale Middle School staff mailroom and from a cash box belonging to the Parent-Teacher Organization-sponsored store," said Rita DuChateau, director of communications for Community Consolidated School District 181. "The money was the property of the PTO and is estimated to be between $400 and $500."
"We had three separate incidents where there was $50 taken from teacher or faculty mailboxes. There's three separate envelopes containing U.S. currency of $50 each. It's unknown what it was for," said Hinsdale Deputy Police Chief Mark Wodka. "[The thefts] had occurred the first weekend after Aug. 27-29."
Wodka said that over the weekend of Oct. 8 - 11, $100 was taken from a cashbox that was located in the school store. The person who reported the crime told police that another $200 to $250 cash was taken from the same school store room over "the last couple of months."
"It's uncertain at this point to us and school officials whether or not it was taken by someone who is already a staff member, someone who already has access to the school or somebody who may have gained unauthorized access to that area. It's one of those three options, but nothing has come yet on our side of the investigation that would indicate who the suspect is," said Wodka.
"The school and the Hinsdale Police Department are cooperatively conducting an investigation into the incidents of alleged theft," DuChateau said. When asked if the school was doing anything to keep similar thefts from happening in the future, DuChateau refused to comment, except to say, "Steps are being taken."
Anyone with information should call Hinsdale Police Investigations at (630) 789-7080.