School Burglarized in Lemoore, 50 Student Laptops Stolen

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Crooks in Lemoore broke into Island Union Elementary School three times over the weekend stealing laptops, iPads and cash from six classrooms.

Surveillance video shows two men breaking windows to get into classrooms. Once inside they break into locked carts to steal Chromebooks.

"He's not in there for very long," said the School's Learning Coordinator Michelle Cano as she reviews the video of the break in.

Less than a minute later the suspect leaves the classroom with a duffel bag filled with stuff.

The Chromebooks were new to the school this year for fourth and fifth graders. The students were going to start using them for the first time on Monday, August 24. Instead, teachers had to scramble to change lesson plans. Students were devastated.

"It's heartbreaking the teachers put a lot of time and effort into their plans the students were geared up," Cano said.

The crooks took 50 Chromebooks, three iPads and cash meant for a class trip. Detectives with the Kings County Sheriff's Office are working to track down the suspects.

"Watch out we're coming for ya, and we're gonna find you and you're going to go to jail," said Kings County Sheriff Dave Robinson.

Each stolen electronic item has a serial number attached to it. Sheriff Robinson said those numbers plus surveillance video of the suspects and the getaway car will help them solve the case.

Island Union is beefing up their security so that this doesn't happen again. They're sharing this message for the suspects.

"Think about the lives you've impacted, think about all the people you've hurt," Cano said.

Copyright © 2020 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.