Thieves steal 20 new laptops from school

BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 05:00 04/08/2014
Woolston School
Stacy Squires

LAPTOPS STOLEN: Thieves jemmied open a classroom window to gain access.

Woolston School fingerprints
Stacy Squires
INVESTIGATION: Fingerprints are taken in the classroom where the laptops were stolen.

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Twenty new laptops worth thousands of dollars have been stolen from a school that caters to many hardup pupils.

Thieves jemmied open a classroom window at Woolston School in Christchurch and took the electronic equipment overnight Friday.

Principal Janeane Reid said pupils at the decile 2 school would be "gutted" when they turned up to school today to discover the Samsung Chromebooks had been stolen.

Many of the children were from struggling families and did not have access to computers at home, Reid said.

"I just hope they [the burglars] look at what they've done and who they are impacting... and make some good decisions about getting them back to the kids," she said.

The laptops, which cost about $500 each, were bought using a grant at the beginning of the school year as part of a commitment to digital learning. Each one had been marked with a UV code invisible to the naked eye so they could be identified if found, she said.

The school's caretaker discovered the breakin on Saturday.

The laptops and their chargers were stored in a cabinet in the senior bilingual classroom. Nothing else was taken.

Reid appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

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