Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Thieves hit another Pasco school: This time, John Long Middle

Thieves broke into John Long Middle School late Sunday and stole more than 50 videocameras, laptops and desktop computers.

The thieves, who remain unidentified, burglarized five rooms in two different buildings, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melanie Snow.

"They entered the building at an entry point not visible from the street," she said.

There have been a number of burglaries of Pasco schools recently — 13 since October. Chasco Elementary, Calusa Elementary, Chasco Middle and Ridgewood High have all been hit, some of them a couple of times.

Assistant superintendent Ray Gadd said the burglaries are "frustrating."

"It's just insane, especially when they rob them over and over," Gadd said. "The irony is you put cameras up and they put on masks."

Gadd said he's working closely with deputies on the issue.

"A lot of schools are very vulnerable," he said. "But it is something we're looking at. I have a meeting next week with some security folks."

Deputies have arrested four men in connection with what they're calling the "Apple Burglary Ring" of stolen computer equipment from other Pasco schools. Despite the similarities, detectives have not determined whether the Long Middle break-in is linked to other burglaries.

"We're investigating," Snow said, "it's too soon to say if it's connected to the others."

Thieves hit another Pasco school: This time, John Long Middle 05/21/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)


    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

    People fill out ballots for the special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on Thursday in Billings, Mont. [Associated Press]
  4. Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?


    LONDON — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

    Salman Abedi was identified by British authorities as the man behind Monday’s attack.
  5. Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city


    MARAWI, Philippines — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted militants.

    Soldiers fire at enemy positions Thursday while trying to clear the city of Marawi, Philippines, of armed militants.