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Computer Thieves Targeting Area Elementary Schools

Two dozen Apple laptops were stolen from Skyline Elementary in Solana Beach Friday night. Two schools in Encinitas have also has computers stolen recently.

For the third time in less than a month, deputies from the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglar alarm at an elementary school and found a storage cabinet broken into and computers missing.

An alarm at Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach was activated around 11:44 p.m. Friday night, and school security notified deputies of a broken window in one of the classrooms, according to Sgt. Joe Passalacqua. The locks on two storage cabinets were broken off and 24 Apple laptop computers were missing. The loss was estimated at $36,000, according to Passalacqua.

The school was searched but no suspects were found.

Two elementary schools in Encinitas were burglarized in late December and had iPads stolen from locked cabinets. Cardiff Elementary was broken into just after midnight on Dec. 30, and Ada Harris Elementary was targeted the next day. Each school had 12 iPads stolen from a classroom.

Victoria Barajas Beltran January 12, 2013 at 05:58 PM
How do they know exactly where the iPads are being kept? They should look into who checked out the iPads from the school. They let you check them out and take them home, perhaps someone's family member or friend saw a child bring home the iPad and started asking questions about where they keep them or worse went to these schools and looked around during the day when they drop off or pick up the kids.
Victoria Barajas Beltran January 12, 2013 at 06:02 PM
It just makes me sick that thiefs are roaming around our children's schools ,and actually braking in to them so easily!
Jay Berman January 13, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Why do schools use such expensive computers when they can get conventional notebooks for less than $300 .
bfd January 27, 2013 at 08:13 PM
… because stealing a $300 computer is any different? Seriously.

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