Copper thieves strike same school again

2013-10-24 00:00

BEFORE full, final repairs could be made to pipework at Longmarket Girls’ School, copper thieves struck again.

However, this time an alert security guard with the help of the school handyman, foiled the second attempt to steal copper water pipes from the school on Tuesday night.

When the thieves saw they had been caught, they dropped the pipes and fled, leaving their tools behind.

School principal Deryl Muir said just last week thieves had stolen copper pipes and taps at the school.

“We have temporarily replaced those pipes [with plastic pipes] because we are still waiting for our insurance to pay for the new pipes, and now we were almost hit again,” said Muir.

She said this was very bad for the school because it caused so much inconvenience, and money that could be spent elsewhere was now having to be used to fix what had been vandalised by the thieves.

Muir said it was going to cost about R16 000 to fix the damage. “The insurance might pay R10 000 and the school has to pay for the rest,” she said.

Previously the school was forced to close because toilets were affected, but yesterday the school functioned with the affected sections of the pipes closed off.

Provincial police Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident and said police were investigating a case of damage to property.

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