Thieves broke into the Arayat Central Elementary School in Pampanga during the holidays, which officials discovered only recently.
The thieves stole P5,000 cash from school principal Violeta Cordova’s desk, as well as two computer central processing units (CPUs) and a server from the school’s information and communications technology room.
“Intended [iyong pera] sa pagbayad ng electricity. Nabigla na lang ako, hindi na naka-padlock ang office, then nakabulatlat [ang] gamit at drawers. Sa likod, may forced entry, sinira iyong grills [sa bintana],” she said.
(The money was supposed to be used to pay for electricity. I was shocked when I saw that my office was no longer padlocked, and that my things were a mess. There were signs of forced entry, they removed the grills.)
According to local police, the thieves seemed to have entered the principal’s office through the window. Their investigation showed that the glass from the jalousie window was removed, and that the thieves sawed through the metal grills.
There were no signs of forced entry on the office door and steel door.
Authorities tightened security on the school after the robbery, and urged caution after other schools also supposedly reported thefts of computer units over the holiday break.