Burglary reported in Widefield; schools no longer on secure perimeter

Several schools in the Widefield area were on secure perimeter for several hours Monday after a burglary was reported in the area.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the burglary in progress was reported at 10:37 a.m. Monday in the 7000-block of Harding Street. That’s about a half-mile away from King Elementary.

King Elementary, Webster Elementary, Janitell Junior High, James Madison Charter Academy, Mesa Ridge High School, Talbott Elementary, Venetucci Elementary, Watson Junior High, and Sunrise Elementary were all on secure perimeter for about two hours Monday afternoon as a precaution. That means students and staff members were allowed to move within the schools, but were not allowed to leave the buildings. All exterior doors to the buildings were locked.

District officials said there was no immediate threat or danger to students and staff. Parents of students at the affected schools were notified.

The Sheriff’s Office gave the “all clear” around 2:05 p.m. Monday, and the secure perimeter was lifted. They did not specify if a suspect had been apprehended or not.

The burglary suspect is described as a white man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing an Army PT jacket, a hat, and white baseball-style gloves. The suspect had a red tattoo on the front of his neck, according to deputies. He was carrying a grey bag and wearing a backpack. Deputies said a witness saw the man with a black handgun.

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