Kindy cameras snapped up by thieves
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.
Camera shy: Acting head teacher Mary Campbell and student Daniel Robinson, 3, miss their stolen cameras.