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Dec 1, 2004

City school burgled twice

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It’s not as dramatic a crime as an armed robbery but a series of burglaries at a Belize City school has left teachers and administrators disheartened and demoralized. News 5′s Patrick Jones has more.

Patrick Jones, Reporting

Tuesday night?s burglary of the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist primary school is the latest setback for the educational institution. Principal Jaime Roberts says it is discouraging trying to keep the children motivated and at the same time having to deal with thieves.

Jaime Roberts, Principal, Ephesus Seventh Day Primary

?Our problem is that we have been burglarised two times for the month of November. First time, they burglarise the computer lab and they went with seven CPU?s, leaving us stranded because we were teaching computers to the kids; but now the plan is just ruined. And now just last night, they burglarised the Standard Five and Six classrooms and they went with the poppies money that we collected towards the Veterans Day.?

The burglars gained entrance to the building by breaking one of the wooden louvers. Apart from ransacking the classrooms, they also left a mess in the bathroom, which the boys and girls had to clean up before sitting down to classes this morning. Fortunately, for the school, the thieves could not gain access to the principal?s office where the remaining computers are being stored for safekeeping. Roberts says this has to stop.

Jaime Roberts

?I appeal to the community not to buy these stolen items or whoever go and sell items to their homes to please report it to us or the police. Because we need to recover those CPU?s so that we can continue with our teaching of computers in the classrooms.?

Perhaps in their haste to exit the compound after the burglary, their thieves left a calling card behind, not to mention fingerprints that were clearly visible on the broken window, which should aid the police in their investigations. Roberts says that until management can afford to pay a security guard to be posted at the school, they will have to rely on the cooperation of neighbourhood residents to report any suspicious after school activities to the police. Patrick Jones, for News 5.

The Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist School is a government aided institution that currently has an enrolment of one hundred and fifty nine and a staff of seven. It has been operating from number one Wilson Street for the last fifteen years.

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