Police are looking for whoever is responsible for stealing 60 iPads like this one from Many High School between May 30 and June 1.
MANY, LA (KSLA) -
The Many Police Department is working to determine who stole 60 iPads from a school sometime this summer.
Police say the felony theft happened between May 30 and June 1 at Many High School. The tablets were stolen from a locked office.
Police say around that time a construction worker found one of the iPads lying on the ground behind the school, where a new elementary school is being built. He returned it to the school. However, the theft was discovered Monday when school officials were on campus preparing for the upcoming school year.
The iPads were new and never activated. Valued at more than $28,000, they are black with with rubber protectors around them.
Dr. Sara Ebarb, superintendent of Sabine Parish schools, says the iPads were purchased through a federal grant that came through the state of Louisiana. She says insurance will not cover the loss because the policy's deductible is $100,000.
Ebarb says efforts are being made to replace the iPads.
Police call the theft "very disturbing" and say no surveillance video is available. They have found no evidence of forced entry or exit at the school.
Ebarb says it is too early to "jump to conclusions" about the incident. She said Many High is used by many groups of people for different purposes when school is not in session.
Police urge anyone who has purchased a similar tablet within the past month or who knows of anyone trying to sell a similar one, to call the Many Police Department at (318) 256-5617.
School starts for Sabine Parish schools on Aug. 15.