School, police investigating classroom theft

Cheyenne Yodong, Opinion Editor

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Over the past few weeks, the Weston Ranch Science Department wing has undergone a series of break-ins. The thing is, there is no evidence of a forced entry.

How could it have happened?

Since there is no evidence of a breach, how does one enter a room with ease? A key.

Who are the people provided with keys?

All employees from administrators to teachers, from monitors and custodians to substitute teachers, have access to keys, at least on a temporary basis.

Since no one in these groups likely would risk their jobs knowing that the accusations would point to them, one possibility is that a student has gotten a hold of a sub key.

Nearly every student here has had a science class. Everyone knows that the science wing is connected.

It is not The Prowl’s intention to release classified information for we’ve been told it’s under investigation, and by no means do we want to tamper with it. It only takes logical deduction to understand If one had a key to any room in that department, they would have access to the whole science wing.

What was taken?

  • Three projectors
  • A 70” flat screen TV
  • A robot vacuum
  • A snake
  • A computer

Physics teacher Csaba Hegyi noticed something was different in his classroom. A broken projector was missing.

“It was nothing suspicious. But on the second day, when I started to ask when I was getting back my projector, or a new one, nobody knew about it,” Hegyi said. “That’s when I reported it.”

How is one capable of stealing these without getting caught? Aren’t there cameras around that work? Don’t the cameras work?

“Yes, the cameras do work, but not all cameras record,” said Weston Ranch Principal Francine Baird. “We have an outdated system and the people from the district are coming to update them, but they haven’t been updated as of yet.”

Principal Baird said, “We are currently working with law enforcement and risk management so we can put together pieces of video footage and pictures along with times of entry.”

The flat screen TV has been replaced, but as for the snake, Bon Pepe, no one knows.

“Whoever has it, I hope it’s safe because I did care for it,” said Biology teacher Emilia Alanis. The snake had been in the science wing for three years, Alanis said.

What about safety?

Following the theft, Alanis wondered how safe custodians might feel knowing they could encounter an unexpected person in a classroom.

“It’s scary that it’s happening. Our department has been hit more than three times,” said Alanis.

Science is a complex subject. It is a series of activities that requires costly equipment to perform several activities.

Hegyi said that most high school science departments have valuable items.

“Lab equipment’s [not] cheap,” Hegyi said.

What can you do?

Any readers with information about the theft can e-mail it to The Prowl at [email protected]

Check back with The Prowl as the ongoing investigation reaches a conclusion.

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