The students at Freed Middle School returned from their music trip to Denver. The Pueblo middle schoolers thought they weren't going to play in a band competition after a crook broke into Freed and stole money they had been fundraising out of the school safe.
11 News brought you this exclusive story. Surveillance video showed the burglar inside the school. After that story aired about three weeks ago, 11 News gracious viewers donated money to the school.
The band teacher told 11 News Wednesday that he was so grateful to everyone who donated money. The students performed well in the competition. They also got a chance to go to Elitch's. For some students, it was their first time at an amusement park.
Pueblo police are still searching for the man who broke into Freed Middle School around 10 p.m. Sunday, May 8th, and wandered the halls for about 30 minutes. He left with almost one thousand dollars from the school's safe.
"Shocked. I'm shocked," Principal Michelle Mann told 11 News a few weeks ago.
"It's hard to fathom someone would do that," music teacher Brad Schoolland said.
Schoolland says the competition gives the students an opportunity other successful music programs experience all the time.
"The end of this year is definitely morale boost but also a good opportunity for them to see what's possible in music,” Schoolland said.
The burglar broke into the school by throwing a rock through the window of the main office. On surveillance video, the suspect is clearly wearing a backpack and has a bag or shirt in his right hand. It was almost two hours after he broke into the school that police were notified.
"I don't know the reason why so at this time, I'm not able to comment if there was some sort of glitch in our security system or the other end," Mann said.
When we spoke with Schoolland in early May, he said he was hoping the students can overcome this obstacle, created by this crook, and that the community will continue to show their support for them.
"The students worked hard for this, it is an opportunity that is once in a lifetime for them it should not have been taken from them," Schoolland said.
The burglar remains on the loose. If you know anything about this burglary, call Crime Stoppers in Pueblo at 542-STOP.