CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of dollars in laptops, tablets, projectors and TV's were stolen from a new elementary school just as classes were about to begin.
Police are now looking for four young men who somehow got into the new Nations Ford Elementary and stayed inside for hours and hours without detection.
The four teenagers were seen on surveillance shooting hoops at midnight on school grounds.
"They're shooting hoops, then all of the sudden, it's broken into," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
Two hours later, near 2 a.m., is when we first see them roaming the hallways.
"The guys went through the mechanical room door, they were somehow able to jimmy it with maybe a screwdriver or some object and get the latch open, they all went inside and the door locked in behind them," Detective Roddey said.
That locking door is important because the alarm sounded and police arrived, only to find the school sealed.
"Because when the officers come around shaking the doors as we do, to see if any doors are unlocked, the door is locked," the detective said.
For the next three and a half hours, these four men searched classrooms, rummaged through boxes of clothing, and finally found the jackpot.
"A lot of Chrome books, a lot of projectors and two 55-inch TV's. Surprisingly on the video it shows them using the actual cart for moving stuff, so they loaded the TV's on the cart, the other stuff they pretty much grabbed and took it out of here."
Detective Roddey believes the thieves are locals who have quickly sold all that electronic gear.
If you know anything that might help police catch these teen tech thieves, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you could earn up to $1,000 cash.