School rob­bery a shock

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

It took 10 min­utes for thieves to break the hearts of Ti­rau Pri­mary School chil­dren who had their hard-earned fundrais­ing money and the school lap­top stolen, in what ap­pears to be an in­side job.

Ti­rau Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Hamish Fen­emor’s dis­dain was clear when speak­ing about the rob­bery which saw his school’s safe stolen within a 10-minute time­frame.

‘‘The sick­en­ing part of this for our school is that our safe is in a lo­ca­tion that only some­one in our com­mu­nity would know about.

‘‘We had some­one or a few peo­ple come in and steal from the school. The alarms went off within 10 min­utes. They busted the front door and the win­dow,’’ he told South Waikato News.

Mr Fen­emor be­lieves the rob­bery (last Tues­day evening) to be a ‘‘pro­fes­sional job’’.

‘‘They came in and knew where the safe was lo­cated. The thing is, it is in a lo­ca­tion that would only be known to some­one in our com­mu­nity. They ripped out the safe.

‘‘It is not a big safe but it is not light ei­ther. So they ripped and cut it out.

‘‘This was also at a time when we were rais­ing funds for an up­com­ing trip and we had money in there for our con­sumer­ables. So we had more money in the safe than we nor­mally do,’’ he said.

A school lap­top was also taken dur­ing the rob­bery, and as a re­sult of the break-in locks on ev­ery door have been changed.

Ti­rau Pri­mary School stu­dent, 10-year-old Zac Pat­ter­son, was sad­dened by the theft.

‘‘It is not good at all. We used that lap­top all the time for re­search and stuff. I reckon they knew where the safe was. Its just not good for us,’’ he said.

Mean­while, with half a dozen bur­glar­ies around Ti­rau in the past two weeks, Mr Fen­emor is en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to be vig­i­lant.

‘‘There have been 16 bur­glar­ies around schools in the Waikato over the last two months and five bur- glar­ies around Ti­rau in the last two weeks... We were tar­geted be­cause of our safe and the amount of money that we had in it. It was def­i­nitely a pro­fes­sional out­fit. If any­one has in­for­ma­tion they can go to Pu­taruru Po­lice,’’ he said.

MA­JOR BLOW FOR SCHOOL: Ti­rau Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Hamish Fen­emor is sick­ened by the rob­bery of his school last week.

DE­STRUC­TION: Thieves who stole the school safe also left be­hind a scene of de­struc­tion.

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