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School broken into, dozens of laptops stolen

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MORGANTON, NC (WBTV) -

Detectives in Morganton are looking for the thieves who broke into Forest Hill Elementary sometime Monday night and stole two dozen Mac Books from the Media Center office.

The laptops were locked in a case inside of a locked room, said officials. "They knew what they were looking for," said Doug Setzer, who heads up the facilities maintenance for the school system.

Superintendent Larry Putnam believes there was more than one person because so many laptops had to be carried out. The thieves broke a window on the office door inside the school and gained access to a charging station cabinet that housed the computers.

No chargers were taken. No cases were stolen as well and authorities are hoping that will help them catch whoever tries to sell the Mac Books.

They advise anyone who sees an offer to buy a Mac Book without a charger or case to call their local law enforcement or the Burke County Crimestoppers line at (828) 437-3333.

A $500 dollar reward is being offered by Crimestoppers, and the school system said it would put up a reward as well for information that leads to the culprits and the computers.

No sensitive information was on the laptops, said officials. They were used by children in the media center. "They just stole from our kids, that's all they did," said one parent outside the school on Wednesday. 

The school system does have insurance but would like to have the Mac Books back. All told, adding in the damage to what was taken, the toll for the crime is around $44,000 said Detectives.

Authorities did collect evidence at the scene that could help including blood samples that will be sent off for DNA testing. At least one person cut themselves while committing the crime, they said.

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