Several people arrested after technology theft from local schools

Several people arrested after technology theft from local schools

MANDURAH detectives said they are still trying to recover a large number of outstanding laptops, computers and iPads stolen from local high schools.

However, in a win for the team they have charged several people, including children, in relation to the technology theft.

Detective Sergeant Kris McDonald said about 50 laptops were stolen during the burglaries.

He said thieves had targeted Coodanup College, John Tonkin College, Mandurah Baptist College, Austin Cove Baptist College, and high schools in Rockingham and Australind in the past few weeks.

Det Sgt McDonald said the burglaries were “somewhat” organised.

About 10 laptops have been recovered and offenders managed to wipe them clean, erasing previous data.

Laptops stolen from Mandurah schools

He warned people in the community to be mindful that recently acquired second-hand laptops, iPads and computers could be stolen.

“There’s that old saying of things being too good to be true,” he said.

“These goods are often sold and people buy them, and just don’t think they were stolen.”

Det Sgt McDonald said that unusually low prices can be an indicator that an item is stolen.

Three adults and three young people have been charged.

A Mandurah adult has been charged with seven counts of aggravated burglary and 12 counts of stealing.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Detective Sergeant Chris McDonald