Burglars leave thousands in damages to Davis schools

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

DAVIS, OK -- It's not the ideal start to the school year in Davis, picking up the pieces after two teenagers broke into several campus buildings in the early morning hours of August 30th. Davis Police Department says the suspects not only took many high dollar items, but left behind more than $20,000 in damages. The school district's Superintendent Mike Martin says the whole situation is very frustrating.

Superintendent Mike Martin says he knows both kids accused of breaking into the schools in search for money and valuable items.
One is currently a student so his name isn't being released, and the other, a former student, 19-year-old Lance Davis Gillihan. Martin says it deeply upsets him that two of Davis's own would commit such a crime.

"These are both young men that many people in this community have tried to help so it's very frustrating that they're still making poor choices, and not taking care of what they're supposed to," Martin said.

The Murray County Sheriffs Department says Gillihan was arrested and could face up to three different counts of burglary. They say Gillihan and the other boy broke into Davis High School. Elementary School, Middle School, the cafeteria, and other buildings. Martin says what's most upsetting is the effect these break-ins are having on the staff and students.

"Even our little ones ask questions, you know, about their safety. You know, they see holes in their new wall of their principles office in the elementary school, and they have concerns," Martin said.

Martin's daughter and Davis student 15-year-old Jaden Martin says she knew the two boys accused of tearing holes in the walls, breaking glass, and stealing. She says she had no idea they could do such a thing, and wonders why.

"I saw some damage, and it just made me feel bad because I know how hard the people worked on that school," Jaden said.

Martin says though they hope nothing like this happens again, the school's going to be even more proactive with their surveillance system by adding door contacts and motion detectors after replacing some of the video cameras that were shattered during the crime.

"I think we have to do all we can do to to let them know we're doing all we can to keep their kids as safe as we can," Martin said.

Police say this isn't the only crime the two suspects have been involved in. Investigators say the boys are suspects in other business burglaries around the area as well.

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