40 computers stolen from Brookfield Elementary School

February 1, 2010 9:39:28 PM PST
About 40 computers and other equipment were stolen from Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland Sunday night, according to Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint.

The elementary school, which is located at 401 Jones Ave. and is near Interstate Highway 880 and the Oakland Coliseum, "had a nice computer lab but it's now been completely pillaged," Flint said.

The school has also been hit by several other break-ins and attempted break-ins the past several weeks, including the theft of a sophisticated sound system, Flint said.

The school was closed today for a professional development day, as were all other Oakland public school today, but will reopen as usual on Tuesday.

Flint said the stolen computers were insured and will be replaced as soon as possible. The estimated value of the stolen computers and other items is about $30,000.

Flint said there aren't any suspects at this time.

School officials are working with the Oakland Police Department to investigate the crime and collaborate on developing measures to prevent future break-ins.

Flint said whoever stole the computers was probably familiar with the campus and knew it had high-quality computer equipment.