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Thousands of dollars in iPads stolen from Bedford Co. school

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SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Technology is as much a part of school these days as pencils and paper, but students at one Middle Tennessee school will have to do without their new tools after thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of brand new iPads.

Just a few days before the start of classes, a teacher at Eakin Elementary School in Bedford County noticed 23 devices missing along with several protective cases from a portable classroom.

"These are important items for kids in today's educational environment, and it's unfortunate that these kids going back to school will not have access to those devices," said Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department.

School officials didn't even realize they were missing until they came looking for them this week, so the crime could have taken place any time between May and this week.

"The person who has taken these items has got a jump start on us, for sure," Crews said.

The iPads were purchased with federal grant money, and the total loss is estimated at about $7,000.

Officials said they were to be used not just by students at Eakin but district-wide.

What's more, authorities say there was a similar theft earlier this year.

"They reported a couple of Macbooks stolen from the same school," Crews said.

Investigators say there was no sign of a forced entry in either case, and custodians come by daily to check and lock the doors.

"It makes it more difficult to comprehend why someone would do that," Crews said.

The devices were insured, and the district has already filed a claim.

Also, the school kept records of all of the serial numbers. They've handed those over to police and hope it will help them crack the case.

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