54 Additional iPads Stolen From Los Gatos Fisher Middle School

Burglary follows November's theft of 29 other iPads from campus.

A total of 54 additional iPads were stolen early this month from Raymond J. Fisher Middle School, police said Wednesday.

The burglary follows The estimated value of the computers stolen in the first incident was $17,400. Police had no leads at the time as to who the possible suspects are.

According to Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris, officers were summoned to the school at 9:19 a.m. Jan. 5 on the report that a window into a classroom had been found smashed.

At the scene, officers determined that a suspect, or suspects, had made entry into a classroom, and had taken 54 Apple Ipad 3’s, Sgt. Harris said.

The initial probe into the crime at the school was conducted by Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police investigators, who determined that the theft had occurred overnight Jan. 4-5, Sgt. Harris added.

The case was subsequently turned over to the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team, or REACT high-tech crimes task force for the follow-up investigation, he explained.

The computers were marked as school property, and the serial numbers have all been entered into automated stolen property systems, he indicated. 

The computer equipment was purchased with those funds.

Anyone purchasing a used iPad should take steps to ensure that the item is not stolen, as possession of stolen property can be prosecuted as a felony in California, Sgt. Harris noted.

Anyone with information about this burglary should contact the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department Detective Bureau at 408-827-3209, or the REACT taskforce at 408-282-2420.

AR January 31, 2013 at 06:08 PM
unfortunate, but this should surprise no one. any time desirable consumer-grade technology is introduced to the classroom, theft/loss rates are very high. ebay/craigslist have long been virtual fences for students selling off their school-issued computers which are then reported as lost/broken. this is just one reason why it is important for someone to develop technology that is purpose-built for the educational market and therefore of little value as a basic consumer device (and therefore not worth stealing). this would serve the dual purpose of creating a truly education-focused device that does not expose students to garbage like youtube and angry birds during school hours. los gatos public schools should not be tasked with creating brand loyalty for apple. "ipads in the classroom" are just the twenty-first century version of "television in the classroom" - consumption devices that do not encourage learning. no one has ever been able to conclude that exposing students to commodity consumer technology has improved student learning. these ipads should have been respectfully declined when they were donated.
Neighbor January 31, 2013 at 06:50 PM
160,000 for ipads..and none for the salaries for quality teachers who can actually teach science, or hands on labs, which actually allow you to practice chemistry. This is why my freshman chemistry students claim that they learned absolutely nothing in high school.
Dyan Chan January 31, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Really sad that someone is stealing from our children and the community.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 01, 2013 at 04:20 AM
Just really very sad...
Peter Cook February 01, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Inside job.
Sandy Vaurs February 01, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Where were the security procedures that should have been in place to prevent this? Someone was negligent, it seems to me and responsibility should be assumed.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 02, 2013 at 12:29 AM
HI Sandy, I emailed Superintendent Diana Abbati on Thursday seeking comment and I still haven't heard back. Will update story when she provides an answer to the questions you're asking. Thanks for reading and your support.
Peter Cook February 02, 2013 at 11:39 PM
She can't email back, someone stole her ipad.


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