Christian Farr, David Anderson, Seth Paine Elementary, Sarah Adams Elementary, Lake Zurich Police, Lake Zurich,
Police say 70 mobile devices were swiped from Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich. Christian Farr reports.
A week after hundreds of iPads and laptops were stolen at a Chicago school, a separate incident was reported at an elementary school in the suburbs.
Nearly 70 devices were taken overnight from Seth Paine Elementary School in Lake Zurich, school district spokeswoman Jean Malek said. An air conditioning unit may have been kicked out of one of the classrooms to gain entry.
There was a similar theft on a much smaller scale at Sarah Adams Elementary School over the summer, police Cmdr. David Anderson said. Those devices were recovered, but no one was ever arrested for the crime.
Anderson said he believes multiple people were responsible for the latest heist.
Ten people were charged earlier this week in connection with the theft of hundreds of laptops and iPads from Drake Elementary in Chicago. An eleventh person, a Chicago teen who lived near the school, turned himself in and was charged Thursday, police said.
Electronic devices are replacing schoolbooks in some classrooms, and Chicago isn't an exception.
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced $155 million in improvements to so-called welcoming schools for students whose schools closed last year, he said every third- through eighth-grade student will get an iPad.
Lake Zurich Police continue investigating the thefts at Seth Paine Elementary School and Drake Elementary. In the latter case, it's still not clear how the group got access.