Technology targeted in series of school break-ins

Chromebooks and iPads were targets in multiple school break-ins in Columbus. (WSYX/WTTE)

In two separate school break-ins already this school year, police say thieves are targeting tablets that are left in class.

Police arrested Jason Jordan after they say he and three others broke the window to an English classroom with a sledge hammer at The Charles School off the Ohio Dominican College Campus. The early college charter school helps its students earn college credits. Superintendent Greg Brown says many of the school's students graduate with an associate's degree which is the first college degree for many in their families.

Brown received an alert the school's alarm was triggered. Police arrived to catch Jordon, the last suspect out of the building. Officers recovered the 13 Chromebooks that had been taken.

"On behalf of all children trying to sincerely learn, this is reprehensible," Brown said. "I would just say, 'Please don't take education away from our kids.'"

Nine days earlier, a teacher at Saint Mary School in German Village discovered an open window to a middle school classroom and window screen removed. Security footage from inside the school shows a thief taking up to 30 iPads from that classroom. The tablets cost the school $10,000 and they've yet to replace them.

"What we're able to do is lock them remotely and then track them if they're ever put onto the wifi," principal Kayla Walton said. "Right now, they're truly worthless."

Police have yet to make an arrest regarding the theft at Saint Mary School.

At this point, police don't know if the two school break-ins are connected.

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