Police: More thieves caught stealing iPads from kids
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says two more teenagers have been caught stealing iPads from local middle school students.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says two more teenagers have been caught stealing iPads from local middle school students.
We first told you about school-issued iPads being ripped the hands of children last week.
Investigators say the thieves are becoming more brazen. In this latest case, the two juvenile suspects were arrested on four counts of strong-arm robbery. Police say they were approaching kids near Garside Middle School. The thieves would allegedly threaten their victims and get away with the iPads.
Many parents are now wondering what they can do to better protect their kids.
"I tell my children to keep the iPads in their backpack or in their locker," says Elizabeth Guerra. "You see so many kids walking with their iPad right out in the open and they're glued to it. I don't know what the schools can do about this."
Thanks to federal grant money, five middle schools in Clark County are able to equip their students with iPads to use in the classroom and take home.
Garside Middle School Principal Scarlett Perryman, says the benefits of having these high-tech gadgets as a learning tool far outweigh any trouble.
"We're seeing huge growth in student engagement," she says. "More kids are doing their work on the iPad. We train our students and continually give them reminders to keep their iPads out of sight. In the few incidents we've had no student has been injured. The incidents are very, very minor."
Police say the best thing to do is be aware and have a talk with your kids about the possible danger. Also, report the crime immediately.
Police believe more arrests could be on the way.