Stolen laptop case far from closed

April 20, 2009 8:43:51 PM PDT
Police think they have solved the mystery of the stolen laptops at Furness High School in South Philadelphia but the case is far from closed.Police say the thieves stole 40 Apple laptops at the school Sunday. It's the third time since September that someone has stolen computers from the school.

Two women have been arrested in Sunday's case and more arrests are expected. Now investigators are trying to connect the group to other computer thefts in the district.

"It's very disappointing that someone would come in and see fit to rob frankly children of their learning experience," said James Golden of the Philadelphia School District.

Roughly 150 shiny white Apple Macbook laptops have been stolen throughout the district during the past school year most of them from Furness High School but Strawberry Mansion, Overbrook, and Bartram High have also been targeted.

"They have the red anti theft decal. They have the city of Philadelphia property decal that has the serial number decal and like I said we want them back," said Sgt. Cynthia Cureton.

Sunday, investigators got a break in the case when the cleaning staff notified police reporting the stolen computers.

A source tells Action News investigators believe someone from that same company, a national company called Sodexo, was involved in the conspiracy to steal the laptops then sell them for pennies on the dollar.

"The indicators are pointing to the possibility that it was inside and we will follow that path."

Police are not releasing the names of the suspects pending further arrests. If you know someone who has one of these computers or have been approached to buy one detectives want to talk to you.

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