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Preschool still reeling over break-in

Tuesday January 12, 2016 Written by Published in Crime

A popular local preschool has been left reeling after two break-ins made a huge mess and left staff members feeling angry and violated.


Blackrock preschool was broken into before Christmas and again two weeks ago, and the principal Stephanie Forbes is still feeling angry and upset about the burglaries.

During both break-ins which occurred overnight, paint was splattered around the floors and walls of the centre, beanbags were cut open, a staff member’s Christmas present was stolen and expletives were painted on the wall.

Paint was even poured down the toilet and into brand-new washing machine.

Police are conducting an investigation and took fingerprints at the centre, but do not have any leads so far, says Forbes.

“The preschool committee is asking for anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

The random damage done to the centre makes it highly likely the thieves were bored youngsters, she says.

Forbes says the preschool, which has 45 students and four teachers, now looks more like a jail, as she has had to nail planks of wood over the windows to ensure no-one can break-in again.

She now plans to cover the windows with mesh to provide added security.

The break in has come at a busy time for Forbes, as she and another teacher are taking summer school courses at the University of the South Pacific.

“That almost makes it worse. We are hard-workers and I’ve been here for the past 11 years.”

Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to contact the Cook Islands Police Service.   

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