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Rubber floor stolen from school site in Ashland

About 2,500 square feet of rubber floor tile valued at $13,000 was stolen from Bellview Elementary School during the past month while the school was being renovated, police said.

The theft was discovered Tuesday, but could have occurred anytime between then and July 4, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Several entrances to the construction site at 1070 Tolman Creek Road were not secured during that time, said Sgt. Scott Schuster of the Ashland Police Department.

Construction workers aren't sure when the rubber floor tiles disappeared because they didn't keep close track of the 17,000 square feet of them being installed, Schuster said.

"It could be missed because it's only 2,500 feet of 17,000, but at the same time, it's a pretty substantial loss," he said.

Sixteen gallons of liquid adhesive, used to affix the tile, was also stolen, according to the report.

Schuster said the person who reported the theft to the police said the stolen tile, which was stacked in cardboard boxes, could have fit in one large pickup.

Police aren't sure whether the theft was "an inside job or an outside job," he said.

The theft will not delay the opening of the school, said Jill Turner, business manager for Ashland School District.

On Monday, school officials will begin installing furniture and preparing classrooms for students' arrival in early September.

It was not immediately clear whether the district or the contracted construction company will have to pay to replace the stolen tile.

Officials ask anyone with information, call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Hannah Guzik is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach her at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.