Deputies say Cardiff Elementary School burglarized; Dozen iPads stolen

Total loss estimated at $6,360

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. - A dozen iPad tablets were taken by a pair of burglars who broke into a Cardiff Elementary School classroom early Sunday, deputies said.

Encinitas deputies were sent to Cardiff Elementary School at 1888 Montgomery Ave. after a burglar alarm went off at about 3:10 a.m., according to San Diego Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Passalacqua.

While searching the premises with police dogs, deputies discovered the school's perimeter fence "had been compromised" and that two classrooms had broken windows, said Passalacqua.

Investigators said the intruders entered one of the classrooms, broke off the lock on a storage cabinet and stole a dozen iPad tablets.

The total loss is estimated at $6,360. No arrests have been made.

Principal Julie Parker says the iPads were taken from their charging stations.

"The iPads are used constantly throughout the day for all kinds of educational purposes," she said.

Parker said school officials are planning on replacing the iPads before the students return next week.

"It's a shame the community and the school district worked so hard to make it a priority to bring technology to the classroom and someone's targeting our school," she told 10News.

School officials say they added extra lighting a few weeks ago after someone else broke into their school and also stole iPads.

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