School asks for help in wake of break-ins

Thursday, 25 August 2011 02:35 by Zita Y. Taitano | Variety News Staff

THE faculty and students of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, one of the island’s oldest Catholic schools, is appealing to the public for help in providing information on a rash of break-ins.

Kevin Delgado, administrator of Student Affairs, said the school has been broken into at least once or twice a week since last summer.

Items allegedly stolen include media projectors, televisions, surplus from the student store, printers, and CD players.

Even sports equipment donated to the school valued at about $1,000 were stolen. Coins collected for Guma San Jose were also stolen.

“They left the bottle but took the coins,” said Delgado.

He believes the estimated value of everything is around $10,000.

“It’s like they’re enjoying themselves,” he said, explaining that when employees come in, they’d find items like a bag of pistachios open and eaten in one of the rooms.

“They break in the windows, they break into the doors. All the locks have deadbolts. You can see windows that are duct-taped. Those are obvious places of entry,” he stressed.

School officials have provided a key for officers from the Guam Police Department to enter the campus and check the grounds.

Delgado is aware officers were at the school yesterday morning but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. However, when employees opened the rooms, that’s when items were noticed missing.

Fed up

“We’re fed up with it. The kids are being ransacked and their morale is suffering. We want to shed light on this issue.

There’s so many things we can do if we actually had our equipment and other items,” he said. “Whenever we lose things, we have to replenish them. We’ve lost over $1,000 in reserve funding just for replacement of stolen items.”

The school is writing letters asking for assistance. They already received new guitars from Town House Furniture and an awning for the school. The guitars are in a locked room.

Anyone with information about the break-ins at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School can call GPD at 472-8911 or Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP (4357).

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One Comment on “School asks for help in wake of break-ins”

  1. PAU ZIEGLER Says:

    Seems to be the norm here on GU and it is very sad.

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