Burglars target school in Queens

September 30, 2009 3:07:51 PM PDT
A public school in Queens is out more than $100,000 worth of high-tech equipment after a burglary overnight. Students at August Martin High School in Jamaica now have fewer cameras and computers to work with in their classrooms.

"Disappointed to lose needed equipment," said student Adornis Jawhary.

In fact, many students are disappointed as their school is in a poor section of Queens, so it's a tough loss.

Estimates are the school was burglarized sometime after midnight, following a day that the building doubled as a polling place for yesterday's elections. But the police investigation has not connected the voting with the burglary.

While school officials declined Eyewitness News' requests for interviews, the Department of Education told Eyewitness News the stolen items were "computers and electronic equipment that students enrolled in the school's communications academy depended on."

The statement went on to say, the D.O.E. "is working diligently with police to find whoever broke into the school."


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