Burglary Suspect Caught on School Property

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two schools in Huntington were put on a precautionary lockdown late Wednesday morning after police caught a burglary suspect on school property.

Huntington Police say Christopher Ray, 22, of Huntington, was found hiding behind the dumpsters at Southside Elementary and Huntington Middle School.

Police say Ray broke into two homes Wednesday, one in the 100-block of west 9th Avenue and the other in the 400-block of 9th Avenue.

In one of the break-ins, police say Ray stole a laptop, jewelry and a watch after crawling through a window. According to the criminal complaint, the stolen items were found in a book bag Ray had when he was caught.

In the other burglary, police say Ray used a knife to pry open a window to get into a house. He quickly fled the scene once he realized the homeowner was there.

Ray has been charged with two counts of burglary.

Police say Ray confessed to the crimes.

The lockdown was lifted less than an hour after being put in place.

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