Former Southern Cayuga elementary school burglarized, plumbing fixtures lifted

Carrie Chantler |

The former Emily Howland Elementary School in Scipio has been broken into twice since July 2014, and the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding the perpetrators.

According to Detective Brian Schenck, the break-ins at the former school at 2892 State Route 34B, Scipio, occurred after forced entry into the building through a window/door.

Items stolen include a lawn mower, plumbing fixtures and several fire extinguishers.

“There is no estimate of the dollar value of the items stolen,” Schenck said. “We checked local pawn shops and junk dealers and found no leads.”

There is no surveillance footage of any thefts, Schenck said, because the owner did not have cameras pointed at the building.

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According to Cayuga County real estate records, the Southern Cayuga Central School District Board of Education sold the 15.68-acre property, including the school building, on July 31, 2013, for $228,280. At the time of sale, the property was valued at $4,230,000 and was purchased by Tusef Holding, LLC of Ithaca.

Anyone who has observed suspicious activity in the area of ​​the former elementary school or has information about these break-ins is asked to contact Detective Schenck at (315) 253-3545. All tips remain anonymous.

Staff Writer Carrie Chantler can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenChantler.

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