Authorities: Suspects steal computers from Smithfield High School

Image courtesy of the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office

SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Deputies in Isle of Wight are looking to identify three suspects who authorities say stole numerous laptops and computers from Smithfield High School over the weekend.

“They definitely knew their way around the school,” said Lieutenant Tommy Potter.

The Isle Wight Sheriff’s Office says the three suspects seen in surveillance video entered the school Saturday night and went into the library.

The three then took media carts with laptops and equipment from the school, according to the sheriff’s office.

“They stole about $30,000 worth of iPads and MacBooks,” Potter added.

Surveillance video released by authorities shows the three suspects walking down two different hallways. An image from a surveillance camera appears to show the same suspects in another hallway with one of the media carts.

“Here in the county all of our kids have either iPads or MacBooks as part of the curriculum,” Potter said. “There is a large number that is missing now and so this not only impacts the school financially, but it impacts the school’s ability to get that instructional method or instructional period for that day.”

All three suspects are in videos and images with hoodies on and their faces covered.  Potter pointed to the one suspect’s pink shoes.  All three suspects had distinctive backpacks.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.