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Masked men elude security, steal school computers


ATLANTA -- A group of masked robbers stole $60,000 worth of equipment from a private Atlanta school, despite on-site security overnight Wednesday and Thursday.

The six men returned twice through the night and spent several hours disconnecting and stealing almost every computer at Pace Academy before the theft was discovered. 

According to a police report obtained by 11Alive, Director of Facilities David Fortier called police when he saw the back door to the school had been forced open. Fortier told police it happened sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday.

Responding police officers said the back door was the clear point of entry. Computer parts and headphones were scattered through the entrance into the stairwell. 

Doors to the offices were kicked in, drawers left open, and computers taken. Upstairs, a rock was thrown through the library glass doors. Every computer from the library and the computer lab was taken. Fortier estimates 30 computers were taken in all, worth about $60,000. 

Video shows six men entered the school at two separate times: first at 7:12 p.m., and then again at 12:30 a.m.. All of the men were wearing white masks and gloves. The video captured an important clue police said: the group arrived in an older model grey Pontiac GT. 

Security was on location until 11:30 p.m. and cleaners were on site starting at 7 p.m. "So the lapse is concerning" the Atlanta Police report notes.

Students had not yet returned from summer break; classes are back in session Aug. 18. 


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