Mount Dora police are investigating a burglary and vandalism at the McLin Fitness Center on the Mount Dora High School campus early Thursday.
At 3:06 this morning, police responded to a report of a suspicious incident at the campus. Upon arrival, they discovered the burglary happened at the fitness facility on 8th Avenue next to the school’s gym. No surveillance video or photos are being released at this time.
Officers discovered vandalism inside the center and theft of some items. Among the stolen goods were donated prizes for the school’s upcoming “Project Graduation” later this month. The event is a safe overnight party in the gym organized by parents to keep graduates out of harm’s way on their celebratory night. Parents worked tirelessly to secure generous raffles prizes from the community that include laptops, tablets, drones and other items for use in college. The prizes also help entice seniors to attend Project Graduation. The theft of these prizes indirectly puts more seniors in harm’s way on graduation night.
Anyone in the community who can donate replacement prizes or donations for their purchase are encouraged to drop them off at Mount Dora High School’s attendance office.
The crime is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Mount Dora Police Department at 352-735-7130.