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Computers stolen from Richland Elementary School

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police are searching for the suspects responsible for stealing thousands of dollars worth of computer from students who raised the money for the computers themselves.

Students at Richland Elementary raised $25,000 to purchase the new computers.

"Why would anybody be so selfish and mean to steal computers from kids?" asked fifth grader Joris Ray.

That's the question Ray, the student council president, and his classmates are asking after thieves took 17 computers and a projector from Richland Elementary Monday.

"I would like them to be prosecuted," said Ray.

Because Richland is not a Title I school, they do not receive federal funding.  Principal Sharon McNary said the students worked hard for the computers.

"Last year, we started something called 'Tracks for Max,'" said McNary.

As part of healthy choice week, students exercised to raise money.

"We had a walk-a-thon," said fifth grader and student council secretary Amy Lynn Eleogram.  "Our parents sponsored us with the money.  We walked around outside, we walked around the block."

McNary said given the choice, most students would rather use computers to do their daily lessons.  Since the thefts, other classrooms have stepped in to help.

"Teachers from other grades and other classrooms gave the classes that lost all their computers at least one computer to start with until we get the computers replaced," said McNary.

Richland students said they are a family and they are moving forward, even if it takes another fundraiser to buy new computers.

"I think everyone is still really encouraged," said Eleogram.

Neighbors in the area said there have been a rash of break-ins in the Richland community and the thieves are going for electronics.

Police asked if you have information about the computer thefts, please call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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