March 1, 2002 at 6:38 PM EST - Updated July 3 at 5:01 PM
AMHERST, Ohio (AP) - A convicted murderer is suspected of entering schools in Amherst, Norwalk and Huron to steal, police said.
Al DeBoe, 44, of Toledo, left Wednesday when the Powers Elementary School principal confronted him, but he then drove to Norwalk and rifled through an employee's purse in the office of League Street Elementary School, Norwalk police said.
Norwalk police arrested DeBoe a couple of blocks from the school. He was charged with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property.
Amherst police Lt. Dennis Seger said his department had not decided whether to file charges.
Deboe faces one count of theft and one count of burglary for Tuesday's theft of $28 in lunch money from a drawer at St. Peter School in Huron, according to Sgt. Steve Lang.
Police said Deboe's criminal record dates to 1975, when he was convicted of murder and aggravated robbery for shooting a grocery store owner in Toledo.
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