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A Bismarck elementary school was broken into over the weekend, causing $1,300 worth of damage to a classroom window.

The Bismarck Police Department was notified of the incident, occurring at Jeannette Myhre Elementary School, after a staff member noticed lights on in the school's gymnasium Saturday evening.

Upon further investigation, the staff member discovered the broken window with a broken screen, with estimated damages of $1,200 and $100, respectively.

A door also was found propped open with a cigarette lighter, according to Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena, and several books were removed from their shelves and destroyed.

Though no items were reported missing, litter was found in a bathroom, which appeared "dirtier than normal," Buschena said.

The incident occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday, according to school staff. Police have no suspects.

(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or​


General Assignment Reporter