School robbery a shock
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.