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Crime Trackers: Thieves break into southwest side school

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Pima County Sheriff's Department said computers and a flat screen television were taken from a portable classroom at Johnson Primary School. Pima County Sheriff's Department said computers and a flat screen television were taken from a portable classroom at Johnson Primary School.
TUCSON - In the wake of shrinking school budgets for education, a Tucson Unified School was recently burglarized.

Pima County Sheriff's Department said computers and a flat screen television were taken from a portable classroom at Johnson Primary School.

School officials said there were signs of forced entry.

The students depend on technology for their curriculum, so the theft directly impacted the students.

“It's sad, because we can't participate in projects anymore.” said Elian Gutierrez, a second grader at Johnson Primary School. 

He wants to become a police officer when he grows up, so he can incorporate his computer skills with catching bad guys.

Johnson Primary School Principal Sabrina Cruz wants the computers returned and the burglars caught.

“Our kids are 21st century learners," she said. "The computer is often their first choice to accomplish a task. So anytime we're down a computer, we have to make some sort of adjustment.”

There are over 300 students at Johnson Primary school. They do have laptops, but according to Eliha Flores, there may not be enough computers to support their student body. 

“We only have four desk tops and there's like 21 of us,” said Flores.

In 2013, the school was given a failing grade by the Dept. Of Education. Since then, Principal Sabrina Cruz believes conditions have been improving. 

"The students are really doing well. Here we believe we have turned the school around,” said Cruz.

Now with budget cuts and the recent thefts, second grade teacher Mary Freitas said, “it really does hurt our school to know that somebody would take something is so important to our children to our family and to our staff.”

The principal added, “Help us out we need our computers back.”

Anyone with information is advised to call 911 or anonymously at 88-CRIME.

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