By Rod Rose
The Lebanon Reporter
---- — Five school-issued laptops, valued at an estimated $4,750, were stolen from the Lebanon High School girl’s golf team bus Thursday as they shot a practice round at Smock Golf Course, 3910 E. County Line Road, Indianapolis, prior to today’s regional tournament.
“Several teams were there for a practice round,” LHS Principal Kevin O’Rourke said. “Our minibus was broken into and items, including five MacBook Airs, were taken.”
“I know the golf course informed us after the fact they’d had some previous break-ins the week before,” O’Rourke said. “They didn’t share that information until after the fact.”
Lebanon School Police Officer Steve Smith said the bus was locked, but a common burglary method was used to break into the vehicle through the driver’s side door. A Carmel bus parked next to the LHS bus was also broken into, Smith said.
Some calculators and school supplies were also stolen from the Lebanon bus, Smith said. He did not know what had been taken from the Carmel bus.
Smith said he notified the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s southeast division of the theft. He also entered the computers’ serial numbers into the Indiana Data and Communications System, an electronic records storage system that could help recover the laptops if they are sold at a pawn shop, used computer store or other location.
Each laptop has a sticker with a school logo and an identification number, Smith said.
This was the first year that LHS had issued a laptop to every student; 1,150 laptops, and 100 spare units, were distributed when school began. Students will keep the laptops through graduation, checking them in at the end of the year and being re-issued the same computer the next fall.