The Havelock Police Department is investigating the theft of computer devices from Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School.
Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said Tuesday morning that the investigation was ongoing and that he would not release any information or the names of any suspects involved. No arrests have been made.
Cyrus said his department was working with the district attorney’s office as is normal procedure as part of the investigation.
Jennifer Wagner, a spokeswoman for Craven County Schools, said school authorities filed a police report on the thefts on Aug. 7, well before teachers reported to work to begin preparations for the upcoming school year and well before students arrived for the start of classes on Monday.
Wagner said that six iPads and six iPods were stolen from cabinets and desks at the school. She did not indicate that there was a break-in at the school and wouldn’t elaborate on the investigation, instead referring questions about the thefts to the Havelock Police Department.
Wagner said that the iPads are valued at $429 each and that the iPods are about $200 each for a total value of $3,774. She said the devices provide students with 21st-century technology to enhance learning. She said she was not sure if the devices had been replaced or if the stolen items had been recovered and returned to the school for the start of classes.