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Reward offered in burglary series at Southwest High School

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Teachers at a South Bay high school are fed up with a string of computer thefts on campus. The school district contacted the News 8 CrimeFighters, asking for help tracking down the burglars.

There have been three break-ins since early December at Southwest High School on Hollister Street in the South Bay.

In all, seven classrooms have been hit by thieves working after dark. They shatter glass windows to get in and target portable classrooms with desktop computers, laptops and audio-visual equipment.

The crimes have taken an emotional toll on principal Maria Armstrong.

"To walk in as a teacher and see your classroom in disarray and equipment is missing… it is a true violation," Armstrong said.

Every time a classroom gets hit, the teacher and students have to be relocated while the damage is being repaired. Information stored on the computers is lost forever, and it takes time to replace the equipment.

The thefts not only hurt the school financially, but the educational process is being disrupted.

"This is our community. This is our school. We are here to educate all kids and this doesn't help us in that mission," Armstrong said.

Investigators are unsure if the thefts are related.

The district may now have to spend more money on new surveillance cameras to monitor the classrooms.

There is a $1,000 reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest in these burglaries.

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