EWA BEACH (HawaiiNewsNow) - When students start classes at Campbell High School on Monday, they'll be missing some pricey equipment. Thieves broke in and stole about $20,000 worth of gear over the weekend. Authorities believe the burglary happened around midnight or one o'clock on Saturday morning. News of the crime has already reached some students.
"Mostly just shock right now. They're really surprised. Those students that stopped by, they really value this equipment and the value the opportunities that it gives them to kind of experiment with things," said Mike Wooten, Campbell High School's digital media and film teacher.
The burglars took four Apple computers used for editing, but left others untouched. They stole hard drives, digital cameras, lenses and accessories.
"We need the equipment. It's going to be really spread thin now with all our high-end cameras gone. It's important to have that equipment so students can get a feel for what it's like to work on professional equipment," said Wooten.
The school earns money from outside projects to help fund the program. The burglars also made off with valuable footage for videos aimed at educating drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Students have a rough cut, but they need the raw video back.
"The theft is really sad because the completed video could very well save lives because it's instruction and awareness," said Chad Taniguchi of the Hawaii Bicycling League.
The students had been working on the project for nine months with Roberts Hawaii and the Hawaii Bicycling League.
"I really hope we can get the video back because it has a tremendous educational potential and we're just about ready to finish it," Taniguchi said.
Police dusted for fingerprints. Video surveillance cameras could also help crack the case.
"I just think it's a big hit to the community. It's not just stealing for their own good. It's stealing from a school. It's stealing from the kids. It's stealing from a program that's meant to enrich the community," Wooten said.
Roberts Hawaii is offering a $2,500 reward for the return of all the safety video footage, no questions asked. Call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 with your tips.