“We don’t want to lock down our campus our school should be a haven for our students, should be a haven for our teachers to come anytime they want” said David Prescott, Head of School at Central Private School.
Police say a man seen walking in surveillance video at Central Private School broke into the building, took pricey equipment, leaving them with a hefty bill.
Prescott said, “Right now it stands at about $30,000, they were stealing computers then decided to take some projectors that were mounted onto the ceiling and when they did instead of removing them they tore the whole ceiling down.”
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office say, two men including Blain Browning, 30, broke windows to enter the buildings. They say, he then piled up a stash, taking items that teachers use in their classrooms.
“It’s everyday stuff you use for these students, preparing them for the next grade, next level for life. A lot of our teachers had lesson plans and things like that stored in those computers.”
In several of the classrooms, the ceilings are ruined. The hall where the burglary happened is lined with several hard drives, monitors, and even a megaphone. Prescott said, those items were retrieved, some of them from a theft that happened back in January.
“We have insurance, I’m right now looking at the totals and looking at what we can salvage to see if it would be worthwhile to make a claim” said Prescott.
As they work to get everything fixed ahead of the first day of school. Prescott said, if the thieves really needed something, all they had to do was ask.
“Taking things that don’t belong to you and things that are to educate and help our children doesn’t ring a bell with me.”