Laptops, projectors among items stolen from charter school

by: SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Yankton Arthur Academy, from which about 20 laptops and other equipment was stolen over the weekend, according to Principal Michael Arthur.About two dozen pieces of electronic equipment were stolen from Yankton Arthur Academy in a break-in over the weekend, the school's principal told the Spotlight Monday, April 7.

“Over the weekend, someone broke into the seventh- and eighth-grade building,” said Michael Arthur. “About 20 laptops, two projectors and two document cameras were taken. No damage, no vandalism, nothing like that.”

Arthur said the break-in likely took place Saturday night.

“[Investigators] determined that they went through an unlocked window,” said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, whose office is looking into the crime, on Wednesday.

The estimated value of the equipment, which Arthur described as “antiquated,” is about $13,000, according to Dickerson. Arthur earlier estimated its value at between $6,000 and $7,000.

The academy is insured against loss of items, Arthur said.

Dickerson said no suspects have been identified.

“We're trying to see if we can track down some of the stolen property,” Dickerson said. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has the registry numbers of the equipment, he added.

Classes were held as usual Monday at Yankton, according to Arthur.

“We put it upon ourselves to make sure that we give proper guidance and support to our students,” Arthur said, adding that students were told, “There is no damage to the school. Nobody was in danger, and nobody was hurt. These are just things that were taken.”

Arthur concluded, “We are going to continue learning and be grateful for what we have.”

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