Tipster leads police to stash of laptops stolen from school, but many still missing

Stash of stolen laptops found

Police have a tipster to thank after a Mountie last weekend recovered more than 20 laptops stolen earlier this month from a Brocklehurst school.

According to police, a Mountie making patrols on Friday “received a lead” Friday on where he could find a stash of Chromebooks stolen recently from the old George Hilliard School on Holt Street.

Thirty laptops were stolen during a burglary at the school on Jan. 3. Another 24 were stolen during a break-in eight days later.

“The officer later attended a parking lot on the North Shore and located a plastic bin containing 21 of the computers,” RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said in a news release.

“While the return of the Chromebooks is a plus, police are reminding the community that almost three-dozen remain missing.”

Thirty-five Chromebooks stolen from the school are still unaccounted for, according to police.

“Obviously, whoever broke in and stole from a school knew they were stealing from kids,” Evelyn said.

“It’s important that anyone who knows who has the outstanding items or who is responsible for the break-ins does the right thing and contacts police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call police at 250-828-3000.

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