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Feb 23, 2011

Thieves break into Queen Square Anglican School; this is its third break in for 2011

Break-ins at schools are becoming common practice and for Queen’s Square Anglican School, they have become all too frequent. On Tuesday night, the school was targeted for the third time since the beginning of this year. It’s a crying shame because the school is already facing financial challenges. The thieves gained entry by breaking locks and there was not much that they could take, but they did leave behind a nasty message. News Five’s Marion Ali reports on the latest burglary at the school.

Marion Ali, Reporting

The thieves who broke into Queen’s Square Anglican Primary at the corner of Armadillo and Dolphin Streets did not take much, but they certainly left behind a pointed message.

This was what they wrote on the front of a desk; instructions with expletives that were later removed, to leave money in the office next time.

They got in by breaking these locks off the front door.  Once inside, the burglars had a field day ransacking the office and helping themselves to small appliances.

Shilpa Jones, Vice Principal, Queen’s Square Primary School

“They actually wrenched off the locks off the door for the office and the computer lab and the other two classrooms.  They took a mic that was recently bought for the school, they went with a fan and they also went with a five gallon bottle of water.”

Vice Principal of the school, Shilpa Jones, is asking residents of the area and passersby to report any suspicious activity at the school, especially at night.  Incidences like these, she says, have a negative effect on the children.

Shilpa Jones

Shilpa Jones

“They are shaken up, you know, they don’t want to leave anything, they feel like it’s going to be stolen or stuff like that.  So you know, we don’t want them to have that fear that if I leave something in my classroom overnight, tomorrow it might not be here.  That’s why we’re just appealing to the public, to the community, if you see anything, if you hear anything. You don’t have to come out and say stop.  Just call somebody, bring somebody’s attention to it because I mean, it’s really hurting the school.”

Because last night’s was not the first break-in at Queen’s Square Anglican since the start of the year, the school will appeal to the Ministry of Education’s District Education office to sponsor a security guard at night time.  Marion Ali for News Five.

Police have not detained anyone for the break-in.

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5 Responses for “Thieves break into Queen Square Anglican School; this is its third break in for 2011”

  1. jermaine says:

    yall are !@#$ing dumb yall keep letting this !@#$ happen too yall its like yall should just leave the !@#$ing doors open cause they just walk in like the own the !@#$% already !!!!!!

  2. Earl Grey says:

    This has to be a NEW LOW……….ROBBING A POOR SCHOOL again……….GOD HELP US!!!!

    We really NEED A PRISON FARM so when WE CATCH THESE PERPS we can send them there FOR REHABILITATION through HARD WORK.


  3. deedee says:

    A mic, fan & water…u already know that it was ignorant, stupid, dumb-a#% mother#@%^%$s that did this. Stealing from a poor school & has the nerves to leave messages stating what they want to be there when they decide their gonna do another break in again is just a NEW LOW. I hope the school gets the much need security in order for them to stop this craziness. The third time in 2 months?? C’mon now its getting rediculous…

  4. rusty says:

    Belize city is already a crime infested area, so now it is time for these schools to have a night watchman and weekend watchman or Security. I am sure the Parents and teachers can raise funds to implement this necessary measure. Or couple parents can take turn in watching the school until the school can afford to hire someone.

  5. Shilpa says:

    @ Jermaine…we do not keep letting this happen to us! We try our best to lock up tightly when we leave and buy the best locks we can. I mean bars on the windows and doors and still they literally wrench them off with crowbars! What else can we do. It is for that reason we are asking our neighbors to please help us and report anything suspicious.

    @ Rusty … yes we are looking into getting a security guard and getting the security system upgraded so it doesn’t happen again. We are trying our best to not burden our students with the financial cost of getting a security personnel. Lets hope we will not have this again. Just to ease the mind of our students.

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