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Pembroke Primary robbed twice in one week

KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer writer hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 11, 2014    

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ADMINISTRATIVE staff at Pembroke Hall Primary School are distressed as hoodlums robbed the school's tuck shop twice this week, leaving them to find over $20,000 to pay suppliers.

Among the items stolen were pastries, bottled water, juices and a hot plate.

Principal Norma McNeil said she suspects it might be an inside job based on where the robbers entered the building.

"They broke into the vice-principal's office and ransacked it, then climbed over an opening in the roof, went into the breakfast room and switced off the electricity breaker," she said.

What's more puzzling for McNeil is the fact that a bolted door was opened and then a window from the tuck shop forced open.

"For the mere fact that they went inside and turned off the breaker, I have no doubt that it is someone who knows the breaker is inside there (breakfast room) who did it. They didn't take anything from inside the breakfast room so it's seems they are planning to come back," McNeil said.

McNeil said it would appear the theives intended to do further damage as they attempted to enter another office but the alarm system was activated causing them to flee.

The tuck shop operator said on arriving she noticed that someone had gained entry to the building and was further shocked to see that the theives had not only stolen things but left garbage behind.

"When I come in here there were empty juice bottles all over the place, so what they couldn't carry, they ate," she said.

According to McNeil, the police were notified and a detective was sent to do further investigation but came with the wrong paper so they are waiting on his return.

McNeil said measures will have to be put in place to install an alarm system at the tuck shop. "When you think of installing an alarm system at a school, it is likely to protect equipment and physical money, but to now have to put an alarm where food for the children, simple snacks, are stored is ridiculous," she said.

The distraught principal said she hopes the thieves will be caught and face the full brunt of the law.

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