Deer breaks into New Hampshire elementary school

A separate deer-related break-in was reported the day before at a nearby auto shop.

A deer broke into an elementary school in Barnstead, New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, according to the Barnstead Police Department.

Police reported they received a call that the front window of Barnstead Elementary School was shattered around 12:20 p.m. Upon arrival, Officer Cookinham of the Barnstead Police Department found the four-legged intruder in the school’s lobby.

The deer was reportedly a ten-point buck and Cookinham called for backup to “help capture the large suspect.”

As emergency personnel arrived to help the officer, the deer crashed through another window and escaped. The deer reportedly fled the scene down Maple Street, leaving a piece of antler behind at the school.


“Officer Cookinham gave chase pursuing the four legged suspect who was [too] swift for the officer,” Barnstead Police joked on Facebook. “In the distance a voice could be heard yelling ‘On Dancer!!!’ and in the blink of an eye the suspect was gone.”

On Saturday, police reported another deer break in at an auto repair shop in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Barnstead Police joked that the two deer may be part of “an organized crime group” ransacking New Hampshire buildings. They reported — perhaps jokingly — that the antler left behind is being sent to a crime lab for a DNA check.

“Barnstead Police will be working with the Goffstown police and other law enforcement agencies to try to match hoof prints, surveillance and booking photos to see if this is the same suspect from the Goffstown burglary or another member of this organized crime group,” Barnstead Police wrote.

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