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Nov 12, 2018

Thieves Hit Cayo Primary School Six Times in One Year

St. Matthew’s Government School in the Cayo District has been preyed upon by thieves more times this year than it has ever been since opening its doors to the children of that community several years ago.  On Saturday, a classroom adjacent to the principal’s office was broken into and stolen from inside were a number of stationeries and other items.  The burglary is the sixth for this year so far and the administration is urging government and other relevant authorities to come to its rescue.  Today, Vice Principal Neida Trejo told News Five that the thieves have relentlessly targeted the primary school.


Neida Trejo

Neida Trejo, Vice Principal, St. Matthew’s Government School

“For this year, 2018, we’ve had up to six burglaries and the most recent one was close to this Saturday that happened and it has just increased and this has been happening during the summer or whenever we have long weekends and just any other day we would say.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now what was stolen this time around and have you guys made any complaints to the relevant authorities?”


Neida Trejo

“Yes, for every burglary we are required to report to the police and to the Ministry of Education which we both do.  The police usually comes and do their investigation and take pictures and questions.  The Ministry of Education, we do hand in a report and so they are aware of the situation.  For the different burglaries we have had different items stolen.  First they used to concentrate in the office area and we’ve had laptops, desktops and other items taken.  From the classrooms now that they’re targeting, it’s more smaller items like manipulative that the teachers use in their classrooms, toilet papers, typing sheets, hand wash soaps, you know, things like that that students bring in for their use in the classroom, and we’ve had fans from the classrooms taken as well.  So those are some of the items that we keep losing.”

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