A Facebook photo shows a reward being posted for the return of items stolen during a burglary of electronic equipment from Finely Elementary School in Holtville. Unknown thieves or a single thief broke into classrooms March 20, according to school officials. COURTESY IMAGE
HOLTVILLE — A bold breaking-and-entering effort netted a thief or thieves a considerable stockpile of electronic devices when they gained entry to several classrooms at Holtville’s Finley Elementary School on March 20 after the campus was closed for the business day.
A bulletin was posted on the Internet with a photo of
similar devices that were confiscated as well as an offer for a $1,000 reward
for furnishing information leading to an arrest of a suspect or return of the
devices, Finley Principal Lupita Perez said March 25.
“It’s been shared widely on social media not only
to possibly recover the stolen items, but we’re hoping the public will help
safeguard our schools,” Perez said during an interview. “We do have a
security system, but multiple tools were used to gain entry to the
Among the items burglarized were a 60-inch television,
projectors, teachers’ laptop computers with lesson plans uploaded, document
cameras, laminator machines and student tablets, among other electronics.
All windows and doors were locked, Perez explained.
The school is working with the Sheriff’s Office, and school officials were
cautioned about jeopardizing the case by disclosing too much information.
But for anyone who has information regarding the
burglary, Perez said they are asked to call 760-356-2929.
“I want to make a point,” Perez said.
“Most of these items were due to the partnership Finley School has with
local organizations. The loss is devastating. We are hoping others are more
vigilant. And we hope others keep an eye out for individuals on campus who
should not be there. We hope to raise awareness among other schools of the
possibility of this crime happening elsewhere.”
Multiple phones calls
to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office were not returned March 25. The
Holtville Tribune is awaiting a copy of the incident report filed at the
records division and was informed that due to a backlog of requests and the
coronavirus crisis, obtaining the report might take up to 10 days.