Printer Pilferers Head to Prison

A portable classroom at a Lakewood, WA elementary school still has its printer thanks to Lora’s smart dispatch over the weekend. It was 6:15 a.m. on Saturday when Lora received audio activations from the portable building, followed by a door alarm at the north classroom. Lora could hear two males voices and dispatched Lakewood PD to the school. They kept her on the line with the dispatcher. After a few minutes, Lora heard the suspects talking about taking a printer because it looked expensive, and one of them said, “I can’t believe we’re doing this. This is crazy.”

457px-Hp_laserjet_4200dtnsWithin ten minutes, she heard PD arrive and yell at the suspects to get on the ground. At that point, Lora notified the school contact, who later confirmed that both suspects were arrested.

Stealing from anyone is wrong, but stealing office supplies from a school in inexcusable. With budgets already tight and important school programs getting cut, losses from theft and vandalism add to a lack of resources for students. Protecting public and private schools from burglary is a critical part of what we do.