Cops May Have Bleacher Thief

Thousands of dollars worth of aluminum bleachers stolen from Orr Academy

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010  |  Updated 5:43 PM CDT
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The stolen bleachers could cost up to $50,000 to replace.

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Cops think they have the guy responsible for clearing out the bleachers and saddening students at Rezin Orr Academy on the city's West side.

Harrison Area Robbery/Burglary detectives zeroed in on 46-year-old Quincy Miller, of the 700 block of North Harding Avenue, after a cell phone engraved with his name was left behind on the bleacher remnants at the school.  He was arrested Friday.

Since early January, the thief had removed all the bench seats from the school, located at 730 N. Pulaska Rd. Recently, he had begun hocking off the aluminum facing of the school's new stadium. The thief’s image was captured on grainy surveillance video.

Miller was charged with three counts of felony theft of more than $300 from a school, police said. 

Ald. Ed Smith (28th) said Thursday that it would take about $50,000 to replace the benches, which were valued at $150,000 when they were installed.

A $5,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest had but offered, but officials say that money will likely be used as seed money to replace the seats.

School staff have been dragging bleachers from the school gym outside for events.

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