Thieves broke into WD Hendricks Primary School in Factreton twice last week, stealing pipes, pots, pans and a food trolley worth almost R10 000.According to a staff member at the school, who did not want to be named, the thieves vandalised the toilets and stole water pipes on Tuesday 1 October. On Wednesday 2 October, they stole more pipes and two big pots, plates and an aluminium food trolley. The staff member says the pipes alone would cost R6 000 to replace and the trolley about R2 000. The money would have to come from the school’s budget. The school has 355 learners, of which 100 of them depend on the school feeding scheme, which the pots and plates are used for. On Tuesday the school was forced to close at 13:30 instead of 14:30 because learners could not be kept too long without water. “They are young and cannot control their bladders, and they need to eat too,” says the staff member.It is believed the suspects gained access through the main gate which the staff member says has been broken for two years now. When they got inside the premises, they broke the locks and found their way to the kitchen.Repairs started almost immediately and they were hoping to complete the work by last week Friday 4 October.Erika Isaacs, chairperson of the Kensington community policing forum, says the community has had enough of these kinds of incidents and 50 residents gathered in Voortrekker Road to display their concern on Wednesday 2 October.