Burglar steals GVHS laptops
PARACHUTE – Someone stole more than $10,000 worth of laptop computers and camera equipment from Grand Valley High School late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Parachute Police said that they do not have any suspects yet but are investigating. According to police, the burglar used some sort of tool to break the locks on an outside door, several locked classroom doors and cabinets.Parachute Police Sgt. Cary Parmenter said authorities do not know whether or not the person who broke in is someone familiar with the school. Police have taken fingerprints and pictures of the tool marks on the vandalized doors.Sandy Hanson, director of public relations for Garfield County School District No. 16, said she wasn’t sure if there was a security system at the high school. Parmenter said he didn’t want to discuss the security at the school.”It’s something we’ve been looking into,” Hanson said. “We wanted to put cameras up or some kind of security around the building. It’s part of the mill levy bond, and the district is looking into security systems at all of the schools.”District 16 does have an insurance policy that will help recover the $10,750 in lost property and $1,200 in damaged property. But there is a $5,000 deductible, Sherrie Hoffman, the district accountant, said.Parmenter said cases like this are often solved and the criminals are caught. “People like to brag about what they’ve done,” he said. “It may not happen right away, but we’ll probably find out who did it.”
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