Police seeking man who stole $5,000 from school

Money was earmarked for field trips, activities for students


MIAMIMiami police have released the name of the man they believe broke into La Progresiva Presbyterian School in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood on Monday.

Detectives are searching for Jose Luis Galdamez and think he may have suffered a hand injury as a result of the break-in, according to a report.

More than $5,000 was that was being kept in a safe for students who had paid for field trips and other activities was taken from the school during the burglary, according to police.

Surveillance video shows the man taking a safe at about 1 a.m. at the school at 2480 NW Seventh St.  

The burglar is said to have broken into the school through an upstairs window, and then ransacked several rooms before smashing a glass door to an office where the safe was located, according to police.

Galdamez is between 30 to 40 years old, 5 foot 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, with a full beard, according to police. He was last seen wearing a green jacket.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.