Suspects riding on a quad motorcycle are believed to have damaged windows and stolen thousands of dollars worth of computers from classrooms at Oak View School in Acampo early Thursday morning.
“Our computers were brand new and are used daily for reading and math support by students,” Superintendent Beverly Boone said. “We lost six of them for a total loss of almost $8,000. That’s a lot of money for our district.”
Surveillance video recorded between 12:20 a.m. and 12:28 a.m. shows two people cutting a section of chain link fence that borders the westside of the campus and pumpkin patch before driving what was described as a fairly large, light-color quad across the field and between buildings. A cage or box is attached to the front of the vehicle and some sort of back rest or other modification is on the back, according to Boone.
Once on campus one suspect looked through the large windows in three classrooms while the other walked to a difference wing and looked into other classrooms. They then flipped a U-turn in the hallway of wing two and stopped in front of room 8 where the suspects then simultaneously broke the glass windows in the doors and reached through to open the door from the inside, surveillance shows.
They then reportedly took three iMac computers from each room along with the keyboard and mouse. All cords were left behind in room 7, and two cords were left behind in room 8, Boone said.
At this point the alarm was sounding so they quickly loaded the front and back of the quad and exited the same way they entered, through the field and then the hole in the fence. The tracks lead to Collier Road where it appears they turn right and headed east on Collier Road.
A local dairyman notified the school that a pair of bolt cutters were found half-way down his long driveway which runs west off Dustin Road between Collier and Liberty roads.
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