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Burglar Steals 6 Laptops from Community School

The schools rear door was pried open at some point during the weekend.

(UPDATE) 3:24 p.m.—The in Remington is trying to move forward following a burglary during the weekend that resulted in six laptop computers being stolen.

According to a police report, sometime between 4 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Sunday, a burglar was able to pry open the schools’ backdoor because the deadbolt wasn’t engaged and steal five MacBooks, three Mac minis, a video converter, another laptop, a photo scanner and various other computer related items.  

"It’s a set back for us," Tom Culotta, the school’s president, said.

Culotta said the school is in the process of working with its insurance company to determine what it will replace.

He said during a phone interview on Tuesday that he was upset because the burglar was most likely someone from the neighborhood, and that by stealing from the school they were hurting neighborhood kids. 

The school is also getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary and one of the laptops that were stolen contained all the administrative work that has been done to organize the event.

The Community School provides an all day program for 15-18 year olds so that they can pass the G.E.D. exam and be prepared to move onto college, according to its website.

Culotta also said that if anyone would be willing to donate a laptop they are not using or make a donation to help them buy new computers it would be appreciated.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, who has been a long time supporter of the school, said the community has responded generously so far with donations.

She praised the police response so far and was hopeful the computers, especially the one with information, art and financial information for the anniversary would be retrieved in a timely fashion.

"I think if we solve this [burglary] we’ll solve a lot of [neighborhood burglaries], and good riddance to them," Clarke said.  

Despite the disappointment Culotta was keeping a positive outlook.

"What goes on here is much bigger than this burglary," he said.

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Kathleen C. Ambrose August 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
It's always "one step forward, two steps back" for this community. Tom should be more than upset, he should be outraged that his efforts get trashed like this. I'm sure some residents know who is responsible and will hopefully step up and report the culprit.
Baltimore Matt August 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I bet it's the one legged guy white guy with a tear drop tattoo on his face that hobbles around Remington on crutches looking for anything he can steal (one of my neighbors caught him trying to steal the copper lines from her airconditioner. He has already been caught on a few times but he is always released literally the next day. I don't think they want to keep him because they would be forced to treat his various health problems.
Kathleen C. Ambrose August 16, 2012 at 03:18 PM
He seems pretty agile for a one-legged man, but I've heard of his exploits. I don't know how he keeps getting out, but you're probably right, the City doesn't have the money to hold him.

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