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Police: Burglars Stole Equipment Used To Teach Kids With Special Needs

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Police say some cold-hearted crooks broke into a Philadelphia school and stole important equipment needed to teach children with special needs.

Police think it happened sometime over the long holiday weekend at Hill Freedman World Academy.

FOX 29's Dave Schratwieser has the story.

When Joe Moore arrived at the Hill Freedman World Academy on Monday morning to get his classroom ready for school next week he made a startling discovery. Moore says two big flat screen TVs, two Wii gaming consoles, plus two interactive PlayStation consoles, which Moore uses to teach children with special needs at the school were stolen.

“The kids hop on a bike or interact with the Dance Dance Revolution, Wii. They really get into working out, burning calories, and having a great time with this equipment,” said Moore.

According to police, the burglars didn't stop there, they entered a classroom, just down the hall, and stole six specially adapted laptop computers that teacher Courtney Barrett uses to teach her students with autism.

“It's how my kids communicate with me, it's just how, it's essential in our classroom, especially with my kids being nonverbal,” said Barrett.

Police arrived at the school looking for clues or evidence left behind by the burglars. They suspect the break-in occurred over the weekend.

The total loss was close to $25,000, but the loss to the students at the school is immeasurable.

"There's gonna be a large group of kids, about 80, 90 kids, who are super frustrated with not having the opportunity experience this equipment," said Moore.

So far, police have no leads and the school does not have surveillance cameras installed. 

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