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Apr 1, 2019

2 Burrell Boom Primary Schools Targeted by Thieves

Thieves hit two schools in the rural community of Burrell Boom, disrupting the ability of teachers to smoothly carry out their functions today. Investigators believe that it is the same group of thieves that carried out the robberies over the weekend. At the Methodist Primary School, the robbers gained access to duplicate keys and cleaned out the offices as well as the kitchen. Over at Saint Therese Roman Catholic School, they made away with office supplies, musical instruments and snacks. Luckily, some of those stolen items were recovered in bushes behind the school compound. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Two primary schools located adjacent to each other in Burrell Boom Village were targeted by thieves overnight on Friday. They got away with an assortment of office supplies that used daily by teachers. The discovery was made on Saturday morning. This is the seventh time that the Methodist primary school in the village has been burglarized since the start of the school year back in August of 2018.

 

Kevin Brooks, Principal, Burrell Boom Methodist Primary School

“This time, they went into every room on the compound. From my office, they took a desktop, printer, a speaker. From the teachers’ lounge, they took a microwave, they took a bag of chicken, they took a whole lot of snacks that we normally sell during our break time. Teachers also lost personal items from their classrooms. I am still not sure what was taken from the kitchen; I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with the cooks. They will know what was taken from the kitchen.”

 

The thieves gained access to the principal’s office first by prying open the door, damaging the frame. After ransacking the office, they would use the duplicate keys stored in the office to gain access to each room on the compound.  The burglar bars on the teachers’ lounge did not impede them from carrying out the crime.

 

Kevin Brooks

Kevin Brooks

“The teachers’ lounge was the targeted area as a result, two weeks ago we installed burglar bars on the door for the teachers’ lounge, but that didn’t stop the thieves any at all. All the duplicate keys from the office were taken. I am still trying to understand how they got into my office because there was no force of entry. They got beyond the burglar bars, broke the door and they took every single duplicate key and that is what they used to get into the classrooms.”

 

Saint Therese Roman Catholic School was also burglarized overnight on Friday and it is believed that the culprits are the same. Unlike the Methodist primary school, this is the second time that the catholic school has been targeted. Luckily for them, some of the items stolen were recovered in bushes behind the school. The thieves forced their way into the principal’s office, but they left a disturbing message on the wall. Sarina Mayora accompanied a teacher to the school on Saturday when the discovery was made.

 

Sarina Mayora, Parent

“The door was open; it seems that they used a crowbar to get into the office. We discovered that several things were missing; printers, snacks from the school shop were also missing. So we immediately called the police so that they can come and deal with the situation.”

 

Duane Moody

“What all was stolen and was it only from the principal’s office?”

 

Sarina Mayora

Sarina Mayora

“It was only from the principal’s office. We have three printers missing; we have musical instruments in there as well. So they left with two trumpets, four bags filled snacks from the snack shop because we kept them in the office for safeguarding. We decide to take a walk here in the backyard because we know there are trails leading to a lane in the back. We decided to take a walk and we discovered that the bags were there along with some of the stuff. We found two trumpets, the three printers, a television, a radio and two of the snack bags.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you feel that it is a crime that is being done by outsiders or people right here from the village?”

 

Sarina Mayora

“Well I’m not sure because they left some writing in the office and I saw that. The writing said, “Haha F- you.” So because of that, I feel that it is people from here because from the first time, I almost feel like that they just decided to come back and say well we got it this time.”

 

The loss is even bigger because it sets back the school tremendously with the quality of education that it provides to the close to five hundred students at both institutions.

 

Sarina Mayora

“One of the printers they had stolen we had just finished a fundraiser for that printer and one week ago, the school bought that printer. And the teachers were happy. They were printing their lesson plans, their activities for the students. So if we didn’t have a printer, then we couldn’t have the students doing their work because they need their worksheets and stuff like that.”

 

Kevin Brooks

“Definitely we lost a lot. The value for these items is over six thousand dollars. It definitely deprives the institution; the students, because from time to time it is the teachers who have to fundraise to come up with monies to purchase these materials so that we can do what we do in the classrooms to equip these students. So everybody, every teacher, every student on the compound right now, we are very much annoyed about the situation and for that reason, this afternoon we are going into the streets with our placards because we need to inform the community that this is what has been happening at the Burrell Boom Methodist school and we are tired of it. We need some answers. We need somebody to come forward and identify the people who have been in our school.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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