ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Tomasita Elementary is a school with a few issues.
This year, the state gave it an "F" in its annual set of school evaluations. There's another problem, however, that's costing the district a lot of money.
Since the school year started, Tomasita has been broken into seven times. The most recent one was over Thursday night. Nothing was stolen then but that's been the exception.
In total, 40 laptop and desktop computers have been stolen. Last weekend, 13 were taken in one big haul.
A rough estimate for the cost to replace them is $40,000, said Rigo Chavez, an Albuquerque Public Schools spokesperson.
Don Baker, who lives across the street from the school, said vandalism and burglaries in the neighborhood have been picking up lately. His son spots would-be thieves often, Baker added.
"He'll challenge them and tell them he's calling the police or school police, and then they leave," Baker said. "But evidently they come back."
A district audit last year showed more than $250,000 worth of APS equipment was missing or stolen in the course of a year.
Chavez said APS Police Department officers are stepping up patrols in the area although the district doesn't have enough staffing to watch the school 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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