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Jan 11, 2021

St. Luke’s Methodist Primary School Burglarized

But what should have been a happy day for the teachers and staff at Saint Luke’s Methodist School was shattered. When they arrived at school this morning, they discovered a break-in and many valuables stolen, including laptops, instruments, and a sound system. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A new term for the 2020 school year of distance learning began today. While most teachers were ready to get back into the process of engaging their students virtually, a counterproductive discovery was made at Saint Luke’s Methodist School this morning. Burglars broke into the school over the weekend and stole costly school equipment.

 

Pamela Bodden

Pamela Bodden, Principal, St. Luke Methodist Primary

“We’ve lost quite a lot of electronic equipment; something like maybe almost a dozen laptops from our lab that we were just trying to make it functional for our students when they return to school. From my office, I noticed that I lost music equipment, big speakers that we fundraised and purchased a while ago. I lost DVD, VCR, overhead projectors, a lot of other supplies that we had in the office.”

 

Duane Moody

“Any money was stolen?”
Pamela Bodden

“I can say that probably no money, maybe just for a few change in pennies because we don’t leave money in the office.”

 

The thieves gained access to the building through the veranda’s ceiling on the second floor. While inside the roof, they stomped through the ceiling to several classrooms, the computer lab, and the principal and counselor’s offices.

 

Pamela Bodden

“They gained entrance through the ceiling from the veranda. They broke into my office through the ceiling. They loosed down the locked, and so they could have exited. But not after breaking into three classrooms and our computer lab. It’s a similar one that happened some years ago, so I do believe that it is somebody who knew how to access and where to go and find stuff.”

 

But was there negligence on the part of the two watchmen who are stationed at the school compound? It is believed that the watchmen may have abandoned their posts during the time of the burglary because none of them speak of hearing when the ceiling and doors were being broken in. Principal Pamela Bodden says one of the guards noticed suspicious activity over the weekend but never checked to see if anything was wrong.

 

Pamela Bodden

“It was supposed to have security because we have two watchmen who work here at the school and they work the whole night, they work two shifts, and they were supposed to be on duty. According to them, it was maybe from about Saturday morning – the first report that one of them gave – it was like from Saturday morning he noticed that one of the gates was opened, but he didn’t report nor did he come to check. And so it wasn’t until this morning that one of them came upstairs to open the area, seeing that we would be here today and that is when he discovered that my office door was open and that we indeed had a burglary. Some negligence because the thieves and I say thieves because I do believe that the amount of equipment that they took from here, it’s not one person. It’s more than one person; in fact, I do believe that they had some getaway vehicle because you won’t be able to back all of those things.”

 

Residents are asked to refrain from purchasing the stolen items but to instead report them to the nearest police station. Duane Moody for News Five.


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