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August 22, 2013

Theft at Mancelona school investigated

MANCELONA — A search is underway for two suspects who broke into Mancelona Middle School and stole food from its kitchen.

Antrim County authorities said the suspects entered the school Tuesday at 10:40 p.m. through the art room at the west side of the building. One used a multi-colored foil mask to cover his face while the other concealed his identity with two pieces of newspaper.

“They’re believed to be school-aged males,” said Sheriff Dan Bean.

Both suspects spent several minutes in the kitchen before entering the cafeteria. An employee working late inside the school came across one of the suspects.

“They both scattered at that point,” Bean said.

The suspect who was wearing the foil mask — which is believed to be an art department project — left the building through a side door with food items he took from the kitchen. He is described as having a small, heavy build, dark hair, dark blue t-shirt with a red logo on the front and wearing tennis shoes.

The suspect who used the newspaper is described as taller than the other suspect and having a slight build, curly blonde hair, no shirt, jeans with a white belt, white tennis shoes and wearing a yellow bandana around his neck.

Both seemed familiar with the school, but authorities don’t know if they are high school or middle school students.

Members of the public with information on the case may call the Antrim County Sheriff’s Department at 231-533-8627 extension 1.

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