Thieves target schools for computer equipment - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thieves target schools for computer equipment

Many schools are locking up their electronics so they can't be stolen. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Many schools are locking up their electronics so they can't be stolen. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Desktops, laptops, and iPad computers are readily available at any electronics store, but WMC Action News 5 discovered crooks are "shopping" for them at Memphis area schools.

"I've heard that they've stolen computers before," said Oakhaven High School sophomore Erica Evans.  "Bust in the school and things like that."

Evans said the district has done its part to try and protect electronics.

"They've chained up the computers now because they don't want people to steal them," said Evans.

According to these police reports, Oakhaven is among nearly 20 schools that have fallen victim in recent weeks to computer-hungry crooks. They've swiped desktops, laptops, iPads, and related items through after-hours burglaries or thefts.

"You know, anytime someone is burglarizing the school, it's a sad situation," said grandparent Charles Pryor.

Pryor's grandson attends KIPP Academy, a charter school.  That's where police said four laptops were recently stolen.

"I'm pretty sure the school is secure, but nothing is off-limits in today's society," said Pryor.

Municipal districts are not immune.  Three iMac computers were reported stolen from Millington Elementary School at the end of March.

In some cases, police believe students may be to blame.

"I mean, don't do it, because it makes the school look bad and the kids look bad," said Evans.

Last year, Shelby County Schools said certain computers had technology to be wiped clean if lost or stolen. Meanwhile, buildings do have security systems.

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