Seven laptops stolen from Beye School in Oak Park

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By Jean Lotus

Contributing reporter

Seven laptop computers disappeared from the Beye School library, 230 N. Cuyler Ave., over the summer, police reported Monday. The white, Apple Macbook computers were said to have been removed sometime after July 7, said Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds of the Oak Park police department.

"The theft was noticed at the beginning of school and the district began internal processes to verify the items were missing. Once they surmised the items were stolen, they contacted police," said Reynolds.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry at the school or library. The estimated value of the computers was$6,300.

"We'll utilize our resources outside the department to determine if they were sold in any capacity," said Reynolds. "We'll see if they were sold at a pawn shop or anything like that."

District 97 Communication Director Chris Jasculca said the school district does not comment on police investigations.

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Pawn Star from OP  

Posted: September 26th, 2011 8:16 PM

Pawn shop? Is this guy for real? Can't this guy give a better quote than this. LaDon Reynolds ain't no Columbo...

Violet Aura  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 6:54 PM

@OP Parent: Everyone but the parents, right? I got the memo. The '70s were the Me Decade and the last ten years have been the Not-Me decade:(


Posted: September 22nd, 2011 9:50 AM

As long as it doesn't affect Spanish classes, no one will care.

Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 9:36 AM

It would be useful to know what efforts were made to secure them. Locked in a closet or left on the table, and so on. With all the money sloshing around Dist 97, it would be easy for education bureacrats to get careless. It's not their money, after all. And Oak Parkers are unstintingly generous with their tax dollars, whether they are well-managed or not.

A Disturbing Pattern from OP  

Posted: September 21st, 2011 8:19 PM

I try to ensure that my kids understand the value of the things we work hard to buy for them. And I make sure that they take responsibility and care for those things (which we make them earn). Apparently the people we trust to teach our kids can't do the same. You'd think after the battles over the tax hike last spring that just maybe someone would have taken extra care. I guess I'm asking too much. I'll remember little things like this when they come asking for more money the next time.

OP parent  

Posted: September 21st, 2011 7:45 PM

Were these the laptops that were "essential" for the teacher evaluation process? If so, I can't imagine that their loss will make any difference. It's going to take a lot more than laptops to get D97 (and especially the Beye principal) to take any real action on holding teaching accountable.

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