Thief takes school’s 20 new laptops
Corinna School hopes its strong community networks will lead to the return of stolen laptops.
Twenty laptops and a Samsung tablet computer, together valued at $13,000, were stolen from the Waitangirua school’s resource room on February 14.
A burglar broke in through the staff room and was not detected by alarm sensors.
The computers were new and had not yet been used by students or staff, principal Michele Whiting says. The laptops had been etched with the school’s name, but tracking software had not been installed.
Ms Whiting received a text claiming a person had been seen try- ing to sell the laptops. Police are investigating the tip.
‘‘What’s been fantastic has been the response in the community,’’ Ms Whiting says.
The theft is an unfortunate way to start the school year, she says.
‘‘We had been trying to grow the number of computers for students.’’