POULSBO — Pearson Elementary School may have been the target of someone without much to do May 9.
Staff discovered a storage shed burglarized with playground equipment gone. Three tether balls and three kick balls were stolen, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson.
A pump was also stolen, according to Pearson Principal Deb Foreman.
“It is just a matter of somebody not making wise choices,” Foreman said. “Maybe they didn’t have anything else to do.”
The estimated loss was about $60 for the equipment. A hole cut into the roof of the shed caused an $100 in damage, Wilson said.
The break-in occurred May 9 after all staff had left, Wilson said. The theft was reported May 10.
Foreman said she does not know why someone would break into the shed. The shed was once a pump house. Though some playground equipment was stolen, Foreman said the students were able to enjoy recess as normal.
North Kitsap High School Vice Principal John Waller also reported a theft that week. Staff discovered the baseball equipment shed had been burglarized and a portable PA system stolen, according to a Poulsbo Police report. Bolt cutters are believed to have been used to cut through a large, linked chain.
The theft was discovered on May 6 and Waller reported the break-in on May 8. According to the report, staff reported seeing the PA system last on May 1. The PA system is valued at $1,600.
NKHS Principal Judson Miller said in an email the PA system belonged to the Associated Student Body, which will host a fundraiser to replace the system.
"Unfortunately, the theft was planned [the perpetrator (used tools)] and our insurance deductible is too high to make a claim," Miller wrote.
Poulsbo Deputy Chief Bob Wright said he has no idea if the two crimes were committed by the same person; there are no suspects or witnesses in either crime. Wright said he will contact local pawn shops to look for the PA system.