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Thieves target school

Director Levi Williams says the burglars caused a setback Director Levi Williams says the burglars caused a setback

Staff arrived at the Dougherty County Drop Back in Academy to discover all the computers were gone. Stolen right out of this classroom. About 20 students attend the academy's morning and evening session classes to earn their diplomas.

Director Levi Williams says the burglars caused a setback. "I came in ready to buckle down and I don't know why someone would take from a school. We're about 80% computer based. So without computers you're definitely at a disadvantage. So what we're doing is re-positioning some of the students at other sites."

The thieves made off with 20 laptops. Three desktops were some of the few pieces of equipment the crooks didn't take. This breaks in happened sometime during the Christmas break. School officials believe whoever broke in got in through the front door, but when they arrived Friday, the doors were locked.

"The detectives are still working on the exact details of how they got in the building," said Williams.

The building on Old Radium Springs does have an alarm system but it's not known if it was tripped. While the academy waits for new computers, both administrators and students remain optimistic. "What is meant for evil, something bad, there will be good that comes out of it and we'll continue to truck on," said Williams.

"We're trying to get our education like everybody else. But it won't stop me. It'll just make me work harder," said Williams. Fortunately all of the computers at the Drop back in Academy are insured.

They have been in with the corporate office in Florida and will have new computers back in a few days. Meanwhile police don't have any suspects but if you have any information call Crimestoppers at 436-TIPS.

The Drop Back in Academy has four sites in Dougherty County. The Radium Springs location will use equipment from other locations until new computers arrive.


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