Another School Burglarized: 30 iPads Stolen

This is the fifth North County school to be burglarized since Dec. 29

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    A high school in Valley Center was broken into overnight, with thieves stealing approximately 30 iPads from campus, deputies said.

    According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Oak Glen High School located at 14172 West Oak Glen Rd. was burglarized around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

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    Principal Angelica Lopez talked to NBC 7 reporter Diana Guevara after her school had been broken into.

    Deputies were dispatched to the school to investigate a report of unusual noises coming from inside the closed campus. When officials arrived, they searched the area and discovered the school’s fence had been tampered with and a classroom door was unlocked.

    Deputies say an unknown robbery suspect or suspects stole 30 iPads from the school worth about $15,000. There is no suspect information at this time, officials confirmed.

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    In the past two weeks, three elementary schools in the North County have been targeted by burglars. Valuable computers and iPads have been stolen from classrooms and officials are trying to determine if the burglaries are connected. Meanwhile, parents and teachers are upset over the loss, which directly impacts young students. NBC 7 s Todd Strain reports.

    Investigators are asking anyone with information on this school burglary to contact the Valley Center Detective Unit at (760) 751-400 or the Sheriff’s Department tip line at (858) 565-5200.

    This marks the fifth school burglary to hit the North County in less than one month. In each incident, Apple-brand electronics were stolen, specifically iPads and laptops from classrooms.

    Here’s a timeline of those other North County school burglaries:

    After the Jan. 13 burglary, Jan Caldwell with the Sheriff’s Department told NBC 7 that at least a dozen schools have been burglarized since Thanksgiving in Carlsbad, Poway, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Lakeside.

    Caldwell said thieves have been stealing Apple products, such as iMacs and iPads, from schools.

    "We think probably more than $200,000 in product has been stolen at this point," Caldwell said.

    While investigators have said the school burglaries have been similar in nature, they haven’t been able to confirm if they’re actually related.