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Donations being accepted for school burglarized twice

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Posted at 2:02 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 15:02:38-05

Donations are being accepted for a Evangeline Parish school that was burglarized twice in November.

The Evangeline Parish Foundation has set up the donations to support the James Stephens Montessori School in Ville Platte.

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue says that the school was burglarized and vandalized on Wednesday, November 13, and on Sunday, November 17. The suspect is accused of breaking numerous windows and other items inside of the school. Equipment worth more than $7,000 was either stolen or damaged.

Police tell KATC that they believe it's the same suspect who broke into the same school last week. In total, thirteen classrooms in two separate buildings at James Stephens Montessori were damaged. Police had secured the school before students arrived Monday morning, according to Lartigue.

Lartigue says a warrant has been issued for the arrest of one suspect.

James Stephens Montessori School Fund was established by the Evangeline Parish Foundation (EPF), an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). EPF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization who manages charitable assets and grants charitable assets to nonprofit organizations, churches, and schools in Evangeline Parish.

Tax-deductible donations can be made online at Checks can be dropped off to the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce Office located at 306 West Main Street in Ville Platte. EPF says they will donate 100% minus credit card transaction fees to James Stephens Montessori School.

For more information on the Evangeline Parish Education Fund or the Evangeline Parish Foundation, email