STAFF at a school in S’Illot were devastated when they opened the doors on Tuesday morning to find the building had been ransacked, flooded and €1,000 of pupils’ dinner money stolen.
The overnight break-in at CEIP Talaiot occurred a day into the new term, and children faced a miserably cold start to the year after the thieves pulled a radiator from the wall, leaving the building without heating, and water everywhere.
School sourcesconfirmed ‘drawers were scrambled and they went directly for the money which was a considerable amount because the previous day the families had paid the quarter of the dining room costs and the children’s snacks’.
Sources added that boxes full of important documents were ‘ruined’ by the water, windows were smashed and locked doors were forced open, causing more damage.
CEIP Talaiot management reported the break-in to Manacor Police and officers from the scientific support carried out a lengthy and detailed inspection of the school, gathering evidence.
A police spokesman said that ‘it is striking that the thugs did not take the computers. They were looking for money and it seems they knew where it was.”