Masked men burglarize Cincinnati day care, steal field trip money

CINCINNATI – Police had no leads, only surveillance footage Friday night of two men in masks who burglarized a Cincinnati day care early that morning, stealing hundreds of dollars in field trip money.

The video shows a car parked on Boudinot Avenue at about 6:15 a.m., when authorities said the men entered several classrooms and burglarized St. James Westwood Day Care Center. They spent about an hour at the school, and took a television, tablets and a special savings.

The men left with $400 raised by the school for a field trip to Coney Island, according to a police report.

"We really have worked so hard for that money," student Alexis Colbert said.

Officials said the two men entered through an unsecured window.

"It's hard for me as a mom and as a teacher to tell them that people do these things," Bridget Osborne, a St. James Day Care Teacher said.  "They (the kids) just don't understand why somebody would do that, why somebody would take that money."

Later, the video shows more men going across the street, trying to get into an automobile lot.

"They both look in and see that there's video cameras in here," Vittoria Seaman of the auto lot said. "Crime has really gone up and we're tired of it."

The owners of the auto lot said nothing was taken, but to help catch the thieves they've issued a $500 reward for information that gets police closer to an arrest.

Authorities need help identifying the men and ask anyone with information in this case to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

WCPO's Holly Pennebaker and Evan Millward contributed to this report.

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