Charter school burglarized

Thieves made off with a small amount of cash but left a laptop

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010

Who steals lunch money from children?

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

The Juneau Police Department received a report at about 8:32 a.m. Thursday that someone broke through a door of the Juneau Community Charter School sometime during the night and stole a small amount of cash belonging to the school's lunch program.

"It's always freaky when someone comes in, particularly a school, and is in here and is going to take stuff," administrative specialist Margie Hamburger said. "I mean, gosh, it's a school. It's not like we're wealthy."

The school rents space inside a building at the corner of 4th and Harris streets downtown that has several other tenants. There are several entrances into the building that are easily accessible, she said. The school keeps much of its valuables, including computers and musical instruments, inside the room that was broken into. A door with a deadbolt lock was completely broken during the entry, Hamburger said.

"Up until now, it's been our most secure room in the building so we've put things there that we want to be secure," she said. "So that was upsetting to the students because it took a little while to see if anything else was gone, like their violins."

It is estimated that between $80 and $100 cash was stolen from the room. One laptop computer was taken from the room but was later found inside the building.

"We actually discovered it in the boys bathroom for some reason," Hamburger said. "So whoever had been in there had taken it. Why they left it in the bathroom, that just seems very mysterious."

It seems that someone knew what was inside the room, she added.

"It feels bad that someone would do that," Hamburger said. "It feels like it may be someone that might know something about our school too because it was such a specific kind of a break in."

The school will have to replace the broken door and is rethinking the security in the building, Hamburger said. The charter school has an enrollment of 85 students ranging from kindergarten to seventh grade.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

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