FARMERSBURG, Ind. - A Sullivan County School District is still reeling after finding it was robbed of more than 400 iPads, worth over $200,000
The theft at North Central Junior/Senior High School in Farmersburg was discovered when school staff arrived Wednesday morning. Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker told RTV6 about receiving the phone call that day.
"Principal Fritz had given me a call and did the normal good morning how are you … and there was a big long silence and she said, 'Not doing very well. You're not going to be very happy," Baker said
Baker said 370 of the iPads were earmarked for high school students. A district initiative to switch from high school textbooks to tablet computers has left the school with only a few textbooks that students must now share, he said.
"It's literally like being punched in the stomach," Baker said. "I mean, it hurts. You're numb."
Sullivan County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Dave Haddix says a window was broken out to gain entry, and the theft probably involved someone inside passing the iPads out the window to another person.
Investigators are asking residents to keep an eye out on the street or the Internet for iPads clearly labeled as Northeast School Corporation of Sullivan County property. Police added they're working with Apple to use the tablets' own technology to find the stolen items.
"There is a lot of technology that is involved in this, and we're hoping the manufacturer can help us out as well," Haddix said.
Classes begin Aug. 14 at the school 75 miles southwest of Indianapolis
Baker said despite the theft, he believes the district will carry on.
"Our students and our parents and our staff, they're excellent," Baker said. "They are going to be able to adapt to all this."
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact them at 812-268-3408. Callers may remain anonymous.