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Teens steal over $40,000 worth of calculators from Bronx high schools

A group of teenagers stole more than $40,000 worth of calculators from Bronx high schools in a spate of thefts that spanned more than a month, police said Monday.

The teens, described as ages 15 to 18, also damaged at least $15,000 worth of property in the nine incidents.

They first attacked the New York City Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industries Charter High School on Brook Ave. near Third Ave. in Melrose around 2:25 a.m. Feb. 6, police said.

Two of the teens climbed the fire escape and broke into the school, ransacking the second and third floors. Calculators worth $6,900 were taken.

They remained hidden for almost two weeks until February 19, when the robbery team increased by two members.

They broke into Bronx Regional High School at the corner of Stebbins Ave. and E. 170th St. in Longwood at around 2:35 am where they stole another $1,465 worth of calculators.

Morris High School in Morrisania was attacked two days in a row, police said.

The team then broke into Mott Haven Village Preparatory Middle School on March 1 around 1:20 a.m. before returning later that night around 10:30 p.m., police said.

They took $28,120 worth of calculators to the South Bronx campus, where they broke down the doorways with bricks to gain access.

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On March 5, they returned to Morris High School around 4:36 a.m., where they smashed a cafeteria window with a brick and used a hammer to break glass throughout the building, a destructive spree that totaled more than $15,000 in damage. to the property.

Hours earlier, a $300 lock was destroyed at the South Bronx Community Charter School in Morrisania, police said.

No school property was taken in either robbery.

The last time the teens attacked, they broke into Legacy College Preparatory High School on Cauldwell Ave. near E. 160th St. around 3 a.m., police said.

After they broke through a glass classroom door to gain entry to the school, they stole approximately $6,000 worth of calculators.

No one was injured in any of the robberies.

Police are still searching for the teens and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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