One parent says the children of Pacific Elementary School in Manhattan Beach have been cheated.
Sunday, intruders broke onto campus and broke through a classroom window, to steal a stockpile of high-tech teaching and learning tools.
Their value: about $30,000. The thieves grabbed about 60 iPads. The criminals came well-equipped with bolt cutters, for example.
Apparently they knew exactly what they were looking for and what they had to do to get it.
“They’re housed in an iPad cart, which is a little device that holds the iPads. They’re all stacked in there. We can use it to charge them all, do uploads, downloads, you know that kind of thing with them. So they were all in there. They were locked. And one of the locks was cut off, ” said Rick Bagley, Deputy Superintendent
Surveillance cameras caught the bandits carrying large bags. School officials tell us the images are not the clearest but you can make out figures that appear to be two men and one woman.
Parents donated the iPads through the PTA. They were insured.
Still, the Pacific Elementary community feels violated.
“There’s a lot of parent involvement here. They donate their money, they donate their time. The teachers here are very engaged and we all want the best for the students,” said parent, Sandra Meyer.
“It is upsetting and especially at an elementary school where you’ve got 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds, ” says another parent, Jackie Nam
Anyone with information should contact police.
Chris Wolfe, KTLA 5 News