Kindy cam­eras snapped up by thieves

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

Chil­dren at the Mt Al­bert Kinder­garten won’t have any pho­tos to help re­mem­ber last month’s gala af­ter three dig­i­tal cam­eras were stolen.

The of­fice was bro­ken into and the cam­eras stolen on Septem­ber 20, the day af­ter the kindy held its spring gala.

“I don’t know how peo­ple can do this. They just don’t think,” says act­ing head teacher Mary Camp­bell.

“They are tak­ing them off the chil­dren re­ally.”

The bur­glary hap­pened some time af­ter 4pm on Satur­day, when the cleaner left.

Ms Camp­bell no­ticed the alarm had been ac­ti­vated when she came in on Mon­day.

Thieves had pried open an of­fice win­dow and broke the locks on sev­eral cup­boards be­fore tak­ing the cam­eras and flee­ing.

The dam­age to the win­dow frame means the whole win­dow will have to be re­placed, says Ms Camp­bell.

She says par­ents and chil­dren are dis­ap­pointed by the theft.

“They must have known what they were looking for.”

Apart from the gala pic­tures, the chil­dren used the cam­eras to take pho­tos of each other and the kindy set up photo boards for their ef­forts.

One cam­era was a Fuji and the other two were Canon.

etec­tive sergeant Glenn Bald­win says al­though there are no ob­vi­ous lines of in­quiry, the po­lice would like to hear from any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft.

The thieves might try to sell the cam­eras and peo­ple should look out for any sales that seem sus­pi­cious.

“Peo­ple who buy stolen goods are en­cour­ag­ing th­ese bur­glars’ ac­tiv­i­ties,” he says.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should phone the Avon­dale po­lice sta­tion on 820-5700.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Cam­era shy: Act­ing head teacher Mary Camp­bell and stu­dent Daniel Robin­son, 3, miss their stolen cam­eras.

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