Computers stolen from Glendale campus after back-to-school night
Hours after a back-to-school night event, burglars broke into 14 classrooms at Fremont Elementary School in Glendale and stole $10,000 worth of computers that had been purchased with the help of its parent-run foundation.
"It is devastating. What kind of human being comes and steals from an elementary school?" Principal Christin Walley told the Glendale News-Press.
The incident occurred overnight Thursday. Burglars forced entry into 14 classrooms, stealing 11 desktop computers and one computer monitor, according to a Glendale police report.
Officers found several rocks and bricks that had apparently been removed from the school garden and used to smash classroom windows. They also found a computer power cord and a mouse tangled in an exterior fence on the south perimeter of the school, believed to have been the entry and exit point.
The computers were donated by the school's parent organization, Parents and Community for Fremont.
District officials continue to take inventory to determine exactly what was taken, Walley said. No personal student information was stored on the stolen computers, she said, but years of lesson plans developed by Fremont teachers were lost.
"We are very upset, parents are very upset, understandably," Walley said. "It is just a shame, really. They are not going to get a whole lot of money when they try to go out and sell them, and they are much more important to us."
The computers were insured, and will be replaced in the coming months, said Glendale Unified spokesman Steven Frasher.
--Megan O'Neil, Times Community News