60 laptops stolen from Waianae school

Leihoku Elementary School
Leihoku Elementary School

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of dollars worth of computers and equipment have been stolen from a Waianae School.

Honolulu police say the break-in happened at Leihoku Elementary School.

Vice-Principal Kendall Maeda says more than 60 Apple MacBook Pro laptops were taken when eight classrooms were burglarized.

Maeda says the theft happened sometime between Friday evening and Monday morning.

Police say it looks like the thieves climbed up to the second floor, broke in through some louvers, then cut the latches on the cabinets where the computers were stored.

Total value of the laptops and other items taken estimated to be about $90,000.

Other equipment belonging to teachers was also taken.

"Finding out that all these computers were stolen, it makes me upset because, you know, we are already having a hard time with the kids coming to school and learning and they steal computers to either fund their drug habits or just because they have nothing else better to do and it's hard for the kids to learn if they steal all the computers," said parent Malia Dean.

The laptops were used for classroom instruction and for students to take state assessment tests.

The scheduling of the tests will have to be juggled so all students have access to the remaining laptops.

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