Thieves take technology equipment, turtles from Mesa school

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police are searching for the suspects who broke into an elementary school over the weekend and took technology equipment from several classrooms.

According to Mesa police Detective Steve Berry, a teacher went to Lindbergh Elementary School near Stapley Drive and Southern Avenue Sunday afternoon and found her classroom burglarized.

According to teacher Brandon Nail, the school had recently received 12 educational technology packages each consisting of a document camera, a Mobi Wireless Tablet, a computer and a projector. A portion of those were stolen from several classrooms. Each package was worth approximately $2,500.

Two turtles were also taken.

Berry said there was no sign of forced entry. According to school security, there is one classroom door on the building that will not lock correctly if it isn't properly secured. They think that is where the suspects entered.

Police impounded a latex glove and red bandanna most likely left behind by the suspects.

The burglary occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.