St Catherine schools burglarised
Linstead Primary and Junior High and the Jericho Primary in St Catherine are desperately trying to resume normal operations after thieves burglarised the institutions this week.
Principal at the Jericho Primary School Nadine Coley Wright says staff morale is extremely low since Wednesday night's burglary.
The principal says the administration is revisiting the security arrangements currently in place at the school with a view to making improvements.
The two watchmen who are responsible for security were reportedly tied up by the thieves who forced their way into the buildings by removing steel barred doors.
The guidance counselor's office was also entered by the thieves who destroyed files and furniture in their bid to remove computers, a safe and audio-visual equipment valued at more than $500,000.
At the Linstead Primary and Junior High, the effects were even greater as an estimated $1,000,000 in losses were sustained during Sunday night's burglary.
Principal Gloria Johnson says she cannot imagine when the school will recover from this incident.
She says the school had worked hard to acquire the digital cameras, laptops, interactive white boards, flat-screen televisions, cordless mics, keyboards, and microwave which were stolen.
Johnson says a vault with more than $100,000 in cash was also taken.
Detective Inspector Michael Malcolm of the Linstead Police says a man has been detained in connection with the Linstead Primary School burglary, but no charges have been laid as they are examining forensic evidence collected at the scene.
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