Thieves break into La Mesa charter school in 'hurtful' heist

Posted at 6:11 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 21:11:48-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - Surveillance video captures two thieves who targeted some pricey items inside a charter school in La Mesa.

Saturday around 1 a.m. video shows two figures inside the NUA Sparrow School, which leases classroom space from a church.

They zeroed in on a cabinet and got away with a big haul of electronics and gift cards. Some 30 computers were taken, mostly laptops.

"It's hurtful because we do a lot of fundraising for the school and a lot of what was stolen was find raised for by the parents," said Faye Hudson, who had a daughter in the 5th grade.

Police haven't revealed how, but it appears the thieves got in through a back entrance.

The surveillance video offers a few clues. It's believed one of the intruders has long blonde hair tied in a ponytail.

Both appear to be male.

“We are appreciative of the work being done by local law enforcement authorities, and support efforts to identify the perpetrators of this incident that took place outside of school hours. We are fortunate there was no damage to the site, the computers have been replaced, and that the incident did not impact our active-learning classroom environment," said Kimberleigh Kopp, Executive Director of the NUA Sparrow School.

If you have any information on the case, call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.