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Video Surveillance Captured Dunbar High School Burglary

4:42 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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Washington (WUSA) -- Video, fingerprints and tracking devices inside three stolen computers may lead investigators to whoever vandalized and burglarized the brand new $122 million Dunbar High School.

This happened just a day and a half before it opened its doors.

"I think its very disrespectful," said a disappointed Dunbar senior Juwan Weal, outside the school Monday.

The break-in happened at 11:04 p.m. Saturday and was captured on surveillance video, according to school officials. Police have recovered fingerprints and three stolen computers are equipped with tracking devices, officials said.

At least three windows on the ground level of the state-of-the-art new urban high school were smashed during the break-in.

The incident occurred as city officials and celebrities like Bill Cosby last week hailed the completion of the historic high school reconstruction as a turning point in the modernization of school facilities in Washington.

Dunbar was the nations first public high school for African-American students.

Various new school and library buildings have suffered break-ins shortly after opening, with thieves targeting electronic items like computers. Hundreds of computers have been stolen from D.C. public schools since 2009, and libraries have also suffered burglaries. 

In July 2012, six computers were stolen from the Francis Gregory Neighborhood Library in Ward 7 shortly after it was rebuilt and opened to the public.

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