JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Whoever broke into the Valley ViewGifted & Talented House was not playing around.
Jonesboro police say someone stole somewhere between 130 and200 pounds of Legos, valued at more than $2,000.
"I thought, who on earth would do this?" said Teresa Rogers,the Valley View Gifted & Talented coordinator.
Rogers told police when she left the building on May 30 –the last day of school – she locked the door. Rogers, however, said she leftthe deadbolt unlocked to allow easier access for the cleaning crew.
When she came back onJune 2, she noticed the door was unlocked and a few boxes had been moved around.
"I didn't even consider someone stealing something," shesaid.
Rogers finally discovered what was missing a week later whilesetting up a summer Lego and robotics camp for some of her students.
"Whenever I started pulling out the Legos," she said, "Inoticed about two-thirds of my inventory was gone."
Many of the missing pieces were used by the school's roboticsteam, the Blazer Bots, including an NXT Brick Lego robot worth about $200.
"To think that someone would take that away from the kids isheartbreaking," Rogers said. "I hope that someone can recognize some of thesespecial pieces and give us a call – let us know that they found them."
Rogers is cautiously optimistic that the school can catchthe culprit if someone is found with the NXT brick or the other robotic pieces becausethey're not normally found in regular Lego sets.
"It's something that you can't purchase off the shelf,"Rogers said.
The school has replaced a few Legos since the burglary wasreported, but some students and their parents have stepped in to help, too.
"I even had a few [people] to donate some Legos to try torebuild our inventory," Rogers said. "We will overcome it. It will just bedifficult."
Rogers suspects a student or someone that knows the value ofthe robotic pieces may be behind the break-in, but Jonesboro police have nosuspects at this time.
Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to callJonesboro CrimeStoppers at 870-935-STOP.