MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools have been hit by a string of burglaries this summer.
At least three break-ins have been reported at Corry Middle School in South Memphis, where burglars made off with a microwave oven and high-priced computer equipment.
According to police records, 38 similar crimes were reported at 25 different schools since the last day of the school year.
"We have a lot of vandalisms and thefts from classrooms," said Lt. Laura Griffin with the Memphis Police Department's burglary division. "We have so many schools and so many juveniles out for the summer."
She says computers and electronics are the primary targets.
Schools are equipped with alarms, but the burglars are often in and out with whatever they can carry before police or security guards arrive.
Southside Middle School has also been hit multiple times. But a special task force is now keeping a closer eye on activity at Southside and a number of other schools.
In a statement to Action News 5, an MCS spokesperson said,"It would be inappropriate to comment specifically at this time. As with any matter like this, we will continue to work with the MPD."
With kids being the culprits in many cases, Lt. Griffin says parents need to keep them busy.
"Put them in activities. Find something constructive for them to do," she said.
Police say items are routinely recovered because the school district tags all computers and expensive equipment. Otherwise, taxpayers must foot the bill for replacements.