Burglars target local schools for iPads

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ENCINITAS, Calif. – Ocean Knoll Elementary School was burglarized Sunday, making it the fourth school near Encinitas to be targeted in the past two weeks, according to authorities.

“Since November, we have had 12 to 14 of these burglaries going into middle schools and elementary schools,” said San Diego Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell, who said the losses total more than $200,000.

ocean knoll elementary schoolOn December 30, about a dozen iPads valued at $6,000 were stolen from Cardiff Elementary.

The next night, Ada W. Harris Elementary School in Cardiff was burglarized and another dozen iPads were reported stolen.

Thieves broke into the computer lab at Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach Friday. The damage on the door where the thieves smashed through the glass was still visible on Monday evening.

The school iPads often replace student textbooks.  They’re expensive to replace, so students will have to go without them for now.

“I think it’s a sad state of the world we live in when people go out and steal from children,” said Regina Connell, parent of Skyline Elementary student.

“Every time someone does something like that, whether it’s this type of a burglary or a bank robbery, they leave clues,” said Caldwell.

Anyone with information about the crimes should contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.  Callers can remain anonymous and they could collect a $1,000 reward for details leading to an arrest in the case.

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