400 iPads stolen from Farmersburg high school
Thieves have stolen more than 400 iPads from a school in western Indiana, leaving administrators scrambling to find textbooks for students while police search for the thief.
The iPads, with brand new cases, were together in a room at North Central Junior-Senior H.S. in Farmersburg, about 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis. They were stolen just days before classes are scheduled to begin.
"A week before school starts and something like this happens. It's just devastating to our whole school community," said Northeast School Corporation Superintendent Mark Baker.
Most of the iPads were intended for high school students.
"You're not toting around all of those books and a bunch of papers or anything. You don't risk losing your homework, because it's all on the iPads," said junior Rayana Overton.
Baker says the school district made the investment to replace textbooks at the high school with iPads last school year. The devices, which are provided to both North Central and Union high schools, were being stored in the media room while they were being upgraded with apps and protective cases.
The total price of the loss adds up to $200,000.
"We were extremely excited. We were the first school in the area to be able to offer iPads to their kids, so we thought we were on the cutting edge," Baker said.
The school has been under construction this summer, with countless numbers of workers in and out of the building with access to all the classrooms, including the media room. Investigators have no doubt thieves knew what they were looking for and where to find it.
"They knew exactly what room to go to in the school and they entered through that room from the outside. They didn't break into the school and walk around to try and find it," said Chief Deputy David Haddix, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department.
Each device is inscribed with the school name and a serial number. Investigators are working with Apple in hopes that the same technology that was stolen will lead them to the thieves.
The school is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system, which is a part of the original renovation plan, but the cameras won't be up and running until school starts next week.