St Anne's: School knew about thefts

2009-10-12 00:00

LAST week, The Witness reported that musical instruments stolen from the St Anne’s College were recovered by the police before school authorities knew they were missing.

St Anne’s College bursar, Mike Acutt, has dismissed reports that school authorities were not aware of the robbery, but were informed by police after the arrest of the suspect. He said the information given by police was incorrect.

He also said the value of stolen goods was incorrect. “Over a period of two months, some small items [including musical instruments] were stolen from various rooms around the school”. He said the school reported the matter to the police. “An Enforce [security] guard who was acting suspiciously early one morning was apprehended and questioned by an Enforce supervisor about the missing property. No St Anne’s property has been found on him at this stage”.

Acutt said on investigation it was discovered a laptop had gone missing from a classroom. “Enforce then undertook to investigate the incident and with the help of the SAPS over a number of weeks, found some of the missing items in the possession of the guard.”

Acutt denied the value of the stolen goods was R100 000, and that the guard was arrested while carrying goods way.

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