Police caught four burglary suspects Tuesday morning after they allegedly trashed a school that was renovated last February by the popular reality television show “Extreme Makeover Home Edition," The Washington Post reported.
The four were nabbed by police as they allegedly tried to make off with electronics from The Fishing School in the Deanwood neighborhood in Northeast, The Post reported. The non-profit school on Meade Street provides after-school tutoring and art programs for about 300 children.
The thieves allegeldy were trying to haul away a flat-screen television, computers and a safe, The Post reported. A K-9 team cornered two suspects on an upper floor. One man was grabbed as he ran out the back door. The fourth, a juvenile, was captured across the street from the school.
Earlier, the suspects allegedly stole three taxis on Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast to use as getaway vehicles, The Post reported.
The Fishing School was chosen to be fixed up by “Home Makeover Extreme Edition because of the worthwhile programs it offers to neighborhood children. It was renovated inside and out.
Police said the school was badly damaged in the burglary, The Post reported.
"We are very saddened this happened. This is the type of thing we are working to overcome," said Erin Gore, director of development at the school, which takes its name from the adage "give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and he will feed himself for a lifetime."
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