Thirty laptop computers were stolen from an elementary school in Brocklehurst earlier this month and Kamloops Mounties are asking the public to help track down those behind the burglary.
The Chromebooks were stolen from a classroom in Parkcrest elementary at George Hilliard school, at 985 Holt St.
According to police, the break and enter occurred at about 1:35 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, when burglars pried their way into a portable, stealing the student computers within. Police assessed the total value of the Lenovo Chromebooks to be valued in the thousands of dollars. The computers retail generally for a few hundred dollars each.
“Whoever is responsible for this crime stole from children,” Const. Crystal Evelyn, said in a release. “If you know someone who suddenly came into possession of a Chromebook or is selling them second-hand, please contact police so we can investigate further and, hopefully, return some of these learning tools back to the kids who need them.”
Evelyn told KTW once all the serial numbers of the stolen Chromebooks are obtained, they will be added to the Canadian Police Information Centre, which the public can view online to check if any items they recently purchased or are in the process of purchasing have been reported stolen.
If you come across a Chromebook you believe may have been stolen, visit the Canadian Police Information Centre website.
Anyone with information is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2022-431.