Burglar at Scranton School Caught on Camera

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SCRANTON -- Video from security cameras shows a man damaging classrooms and hiding objects inside a school in Scranton.

Police say the burglar broke into the Career Technology Center on Rockwell Avenue Saturday morning.

He spent two hours inside taking various objects from classrooms and hiding them throughout the building.

The burglar also ripped phones from outlets, pulled thermostats off walls, and knocked over computers.

Scranton police say the man in the video is wearing the same clothes and has the same hair as Amir Whitehurst, the man arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly trying to carjack people in Dickson City.

We first met Amir Whitehurst Saturday morning after police say he tried to carjack two people at a pediatrician's office in Dickson City.

Earlier this week, Scranton police charged Whitehurst with another attempted carjacking and a hit and run.

When video of Whitehurst was on TV, the number 44 Flyers shirt looked very familiar to Thomas Baileys. He's the administrative director at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County. He showed us surveillance video from Saturday morning showing a burglar wearing the same Flyers shirt. He also showed us the mess his staff found when school resumed after Memorial Day.

"Everything in here was knocked over, the thermostats were pulled off the wall."

The man ripped off every thermostat in the practical nursing wing. He spent about two hours inside.

Maintenance staff for the school say the burglar came in through a door. There's construction going on and it just didn't latch. He came and left through the side of the building that's closest to Interstate 81 and the shopping district in Dickson City.

That's where Amir Whitehurst was arrested. Scranton police are still working to confirm that Whitehurst spent his morning in the CTC.

Baileys says a student's sweatshirt was stolen but nothing else.

"He took the simulator babies and hid them in various spots."

The simulator babies used to train future nurses are worth $10,000 apiece. To find them, Baileys turned to that surveillance video.

"You can see he takes the stuff out and then he hides it."

Teachers found most of them stowed away in students' lockers. All of them are now accounted for.

"There were several babies in here. We had to search and find them."

The CTC only had a few minor damages. The staff has a lot of questions.

UPDATE THURSDAY: Whitehurst is now charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and institutional vandalism. He was to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Scranton.

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