Burglars steal kids’ food

2017-11-07 06:00

Kensington police are investigating two burglaries at WD Hendricks Primary School in Factretton two days in a row a week ago.

Burglars allegedly broke into the school and stole food and projectors and caused damage estimated at more than R5000.

Kensington police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill says no arrest has been made and they appeal to anyone with information to report it to the police.

School principal Natalie Roman says the burglaries happened on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October. She says she does not know how the burglars managed to get inside without the alarm going off but they discovered that a garden tool had been used to break the ­padlocks.

Roman says this is the third time the school for 320 learners has been broken into this year and they were still dealing with the loss of computers early this year. She says the current loss, which includes damage to padlocks, stolen projectors, permanent damage on whiteboards and lost food, is between R5000 and R6000 and has left everyone at the school disturbed.

“It is quite disturbing and disappointing that people could steal from the children. The food is for the children and everything at the school is for their benefit. Things like these affect education; we are trying so hard to keep the school in good academic records. It is heartbreaking and we urge anyone who might have information to inform the police,” says Roman.

She urges residents to be their eyes and ears and report suspicious activities at or near the school.

Roman says these break-ins come at a time when the school staff are excitedly planning the school’s 50th anniversary.

“This is a killjoy. We might have to sacrifice our plans to cover the damages. It is important for us to celebrate because WD Hendricks is one of the oldest schools in this community and has lots of successes to share with our community,” she says.

The school has received donations from a local organisation to help feed the learners while waiting for a delivery from the school’s sponsor.

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