(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.