Man calmly cycles away after laptop theft

17:46, Nov 15 2012
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CCTV: The school's security cameras captured the man cycling off.

A man has calmly cycled out of Christ's College with a stolen laptop containing sensitive school information tucked under his arm.

The school has turned detective after the laptop was taken today.

The school's data systems manager, Claudine Forrester, left her prefab office, in the main college quad, for 10 minutes at about 1.20pm.

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STOLEN: The school has turned detective after the laptop was taken today.

When she returned, her laptop and external hard drive had gone.

Seconds later, school security cameras captured a man cycling out of the main entrance with the laptop and hard drive under his arm.

"I can't even begin to explain what this means,'' Forrester said.

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"Everything is on that laptop, everything from NZQA data to student data.''

Forrester was concerned the laptop and hard drive could have been targeted because of the pupil data.

The laptop had a security password.

However, Forrester feared it could be hacked. She must rebuild the school's data system.

Police are hunting for the thief and Christ's College is offering a reward for any information on the theft.

The Press