Thief takes school’s 20 new lap­tops

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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.’’

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