RCMP investigating three break-ins to Red Deer schools

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
December 4, 2017 - 2:28pm Updated: December 4, 2017 - 4:49pm

Red Deer RCMP are investigating multiple break-ins to schools over the last week.

The first occurred around 1 a.m. November 27 at West Park Elementary. Police say there was a second break-in on November 29, this time at G.W. Smith School. On November 30, a break-in was reported at Mountview. The last one is thought to have occurred around 4:30 a.m.

The following is a list of electronics stolen during these break-ins:

- approximately 10 laptops: Lenovo, Latitude 5480, a Chromebook
- iPad, Apple TV, white Apple wifi router, iPhone and iPad chargers
- Redcat classroom audio system
- camera
- black amplifier and speakers
- projector with remote control, another multi-function remote control
- desktop computer and monitor

Police ask anyone who saw suspicious activity in these school areas or who might have knowledge of anyone trying to sell electronics under suspicious circumstances to report the activity to Red Deer RCMP.

“RCMP want to remind the public that the purchase of any item that they believe is stolen property is a crime,” says Corporal Karyn Kay of the Red Deer RCMP. “If you buy stolen property, you’re harming your community as a whole – you’re rewarding criminal activity and contributing to a spiral of increased property theft and other crimes that are linked to it, including stolen vehicles, drugs, weapons and violent crimes.”

Stu Henry, Superintendent of Red Deer Public Schools says the break-ins are a huge community issue.

“We are concerned about the impact of these break-ins. We lose valuable technology and this comes at a cost to the District and each school,” Henry said. “We also know that having your classroom broken into affects our students and staff deeply. One of our pillars is safe and caring schools and we strive to ensure that our spaces are a safe environment for all students."

Henry adds, "Technology is an integral part of day to day learning and these thefts impact children’s abilities to learn.”

According to the school division, staff in Red Deer Public Schools have increased their process of locking up and securing electronics. Motion sensors are also located in many classrooms throughout schools.

If you have information about any of these investigations, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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