Joy for Baglan Primary School pupils hit by iPads theft
HEARTBREAK has turned to joy for children at a Port Talbot school where burglars swiped all their iPads.
Pupils and staff at Baglan Primary School returned from the half-term holiday to find the expensive equipment had been taken just months after being bought.
But then five businesses stepped in to donate an iPad each after hearing of their plight.
Now it seems the insurance pay-out will cover the cost of replacing all the stolen machines, meaning the school will be better off than it was before the burglars struck.
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Vice-chairman of governors Peter Richards said the iPads had been bought with the support of the Parent Teacher Association and others.
"We were absolutely gutted when we found out what had happened," he said.
"Fortunately, five businesses came forward and gave us five iPads. Now we also have the insurance money, so we have ended up with more than we started with.
"It was upsetting at the time but it has become a positive."
Security features mean the stolen iPads would have been automatically wiped and so were no use to anyone.
Money has also been put aside to have a purpose-built secure storage area for the replacement iPads to be kept in safely.
PC Dale Davies told residents at a Baglan Pact meeting that three warrants had been served as part of the investigation, but had proved negative.
"There is a forensic opportunity that has not come back yet, so at this stage I have no update for you," he added.
PC Davies said police hoped anyone who was sold one of the stolen iPads on the cheap, and realised they did not work, would be disgruntled enough to let them know.
"What we don't want to happen is for them to go back to the person they bought them off and exact some sort of revenge," he added.
The burglary happened sometime between 4pm on Friday, February 8, and 8.45am on Monday, February 18.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymous on 0800 555111.