THOUSANDS of pounds worth of computer equipment has been stolen from a secondary school by a thief.
Police yesterday released details of a man they would like to speak to after 16 computer tablets were taken from Priory School, in Fawcett Road, Southsea.
The man crept in to the secondary school while the cleaners were working some time between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday, December 2.
The Acer W510 Iconia tablets were then taken from a locked cabinet in a classroom.
Headteacher Stewart Vaughan said that security had since been tightened at the school and he urged anyone with information to call police.
He said: ‘These tablets were used by students, for their work, in a range of different subjects.
‘They were very useful.’
Mr Vaugham said the estimated value of the tablets was around £6,000.
‘We are hugely disappointed that anybody would do this to a school,’ he said.
‘It was exceptional, and unusual.
‘We don’t have this sort of thing happening on site.
‘It is very secure but it was an unusual set of circumstances.’
Mr Vaughan said pupils had gone home for the day when the thief struck, and that he was narrowly caught by cleaners after sneaking in behind them through an unlocked door.
The school has since reviewed CCTV and released images of a man police would like to speak to.
Mr Vaughan said: ‘We want to see the perpetrator brought to justice.’
He added: ‘He has brazenly taken a chance and up until this point he has got away with it.
‘Students and staff feel like it was a violation of their community and there will be somebody who has information related to it.
‘It is disappointing that this kind of thing has happened to a school that is serving the community’s children.
‘Somebody knows what happened.’
A police spokesman said they were investigating.
They said: ‘Police would like to speak to the man in this CCTV image.
‘If you know him, or have any information, please call police on 101 quoting 44150419400.’