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Mar 18, 2014

Biscayne school is robbed of laptops

Travellers Liquors is not the only organization that has experienced theft. An overnight break-in at Biscayne Government School, which resulted in the theft of a number of laptops and audiovisual equipment, has set the institution back significantly.  Sometime between Monday evening and the early hours of this morning, the standard six classroom was burglarized by a thief who intimately knew the whereabouts of the electronic items.  The main door was partially dismantled, allowing the intruder access inside the teaching space, where the bottom half of an interior door was also gouged out to gain entry into the storage room.  While other equipment of similar value, including a pair of photocopiers, as well as a television set, remained intact, the trespasser made off with the portable items.  According to Eugene Contreras, the laptops were used by teachers to create their lesson plans.

 

Eugene Contreras, Std. 6 Teacher, Biscayne Gov’t School

Eugene Contreras

“This morning when we arrived at about 7:10 we saw that the door was, had a hole in it.  When we inspected it closer we saw that it was like pried open and broken and I peeped through the hole and I saw that a second door inside had a hole in it and saw that several items were missing.  We waited for like four hours for the policemen to come.  They opened the door and after checking, we found out that three of our Dell laptops were missing, along with one Lenovo and our stereo and our projector they were all missing.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is there an estimated value for these items?”

 

Eugene Contreras

“Yes, each laptop cost about twelve hundred dollars.  The projector is like five hundred and fifty dollars and we recently bought the stereo for three hundred and fifty dollars.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“I understand that this is not the first time that the government school has been broken into.  Can you determine at this point whether it may have been the work of someone from within the village?”

 

Eugene Contreras

“Definitely, it’s someone who knows exactly what we had here in this room and where it was stored because they targeted this classroom specifically, the two doors and they searched and that’s all that they took.  We have two copiers, we have three desktops, one television set and that was untouched.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Does this set back the work of the school in terms of either its computer programs or whatever other courses that are pertinent to the use of a computer?”

 

Eugene Contreras

“Well definitely, because most of our teachers use the projectors for their class lessons and we recently went to s training to do a standardization in unit planning and we had all the information on one of the laptop.  Also we have the copiers’ software stored on that laptop so that we could make copies and definitely that’s going to keep us back.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do you know if, preliminarily, the police have any suspects?  Do you guys believe it may have been someone, as you mentioned, who knows facility but someone you guys may very well know?”

 

Eugene Contreras

“Well I cannot say much about that but they found four fingerprints and they’re going to work from there and they will see what they can do.  That’s all that was told to us.”

 

Prior to Monday’s burglary, the primary school was broken into in September 2013.

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