Over £20,000 worth of computer equipment has been stolen from Barton Peveril College.
Staff walking into the first-floor IT suite on Monday morning were shocked to discover that no less than 21 Apple iMac (2012) all-in-one desktop computers, worth £1,100 each, were missing.
The expensive high-end computers are standard in many media and IT industries and much sought after – two years ago 16 of the machines were stolen in a similar break-in at Wildern School. (see here)
Police say that due to the customised software running on the machines they will be unusable unless connected to the college network.
Police crime scene investigators spent Tuesday on site collecting evidence while Pc Iain Wilson of Eastleigh Safer Neighbourhoods Team has been working with Apple UK in order to identify any machine that connects to the internet.
Jonathan Prest, Principal of Barton Peveril College told Eastleigh News:
“The fact that college equipment has been targeted leaves a sense of outrage which will be shared by your readers and others in the wider community.
“Barton Peveril’s investment in high quality computers is part of its commitment to helping young people achieve success in their studies and prepare for life after college. Staff and students are both incredulous and disappointed at losing state-of-the-art facilities in this way.
“The equipment was insured and students’ work has been recovered from back-up files on our central server.”
If you have any information which could assist police – or if you have been offered one of these machines – then please ring PC Wilson on 101.