Pilot Station School Severely Damaged by Burglars, Sports Money Stolen

ruraltrooperThe Pilot Station School in Pilot Station, approximately 80 miles from the Bering Sea on the northern banks of the Yukon River, was the scene of a very damaging break-in and burglary over the weekend where thousands of dollars of damage was done to the rural school.

The principle of the school called in to St Marys-based troopers on Sunday to report that sometime between 10:30 pm and 7:15 am, an unknown number of people broke into the school by breaking a window in the school office to gain entrance to the school.

Once inside, the intruders continued breaking windows to gain access to different offices in the building. The theives also rifled through several filing cabinets situated in offices in the building. Also damaged was the drop down door securing the schools store. Stolen from the store was approximately $1,400 in cash that is raised for use for travel for students competing in basketball games in the surrounding communities.

The school reports that school will continue as scheduled on Monday, but they do not know when repairs to the school will be made.

Damage to the school is estimated at approximately $10,000, but school officials are still determining what else may have been taken. Troopers are asking that anyone with information on this incident to call them in St Marys at 438-2019.