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Apple computers stolen from Glenoaks Elementary School

Devices were valued at $16,000, were bought with funds from foundation.

August 20, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

With just a week into a new school year, thieves dealt a blow to students at Glenoaks Elementary School by stealing roughly $16,000 worth of Apple computers, police said.

Teachers discovered the theft Saturday morning when they found that eight computers were taken from the campus’ computer lab, officials said.

“It’s really disappointing when people steal from children,” Principal Kristine Siegal said. “The kids were upset to hear the news.”

Thieves broke four windows as they entered the secured campus to steal the computers, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

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While police continue to investigate the burglary, Siegal said she and her staff have tentative plans for the computer lab, which was scheduled to open next week.

For example, students may share computers to work on assignments such as word processing, she added.

Parents offered to help pay for the stolen computers, but Glendale Unified may step in to replace them.

The computers were purchased five years ago with funding from the Glenoaks Elementary School Foundation, which is a nonprofit, grassroots group of parents and teachers who raise money for the school.

Anyone with information about the break-in may call the burglary unit at (818) 548-4047. To remain anonymous, call (818) 507-7867.

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