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Laptops stolen from school’s reading room; stolen racing bikes recovered

News from NZ Police
Twenty new laptops have been stolen from a Hastings primary school.

The Acer Chromebooks (mini laptops) were stolen from Frimley School some time between Friday and Tuesday.

They were taken from the school’s reading recovery room and were still in their boxes.

The theft has hit the school hard and students will be deprived of important learning aids.

“This is particularly upsetting for the kids who have lost resources that will be hard to replace. Thefts like this affect the whole community – dozens of kids will be missing out on great learning opportunities,” says Senior Constable Pehi Potaka.

Police believe the laptops are likely to be offered for sale, perhaps on social media.

If you are offered any Acer Chromebooks to buy or if you see them advertised on social media, please contact Hastings Police on 06 831 0700. Information can also be also left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Hawke’s Bay Police have recovered stolen items after searching an address in Hastings. They were delighted to recover two Cevelo racing bikes that had been stolen from a Havelock North property in 2016. The bikes, worth over $7,000, were not insured and the owner had given up hope of seeing them again.

Also located at the same address was an engagement ring and a Tag Heuer watch stolen during a burglary at Maraekakaho on Tuesday morning.

A 46-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary and will appear in the Hastings District Court on Monday.