OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- A teacher at Oakridge Elementary School is pleading for help after tablets, laptop and money were stolen from her classroom, totaling $7,000.
Sixth-grade teacher Stacy Tindall returned to her classroom after winter break last week with high spirits, but they were quickly broken when she realized things were missing.
Among the list of items stolen are 22 tablet computers, a laptop and book money, police said.
They said the thief or thieves got into the portable classroom through a door that was unlocked during the break.
There’s another item that was taken that Tindall said she’s desperate to get back.
"They took my portable hard drive, which has my daughter's pictures from birth to 20 years,” she said.
She said the drive also contained teaching materials from seven years of teaching.
"If I could get anything back, I would really like that back,” she said.
Parents Chris Slaven and Renee Hartzo said their daughter came home in tears when she heard what happened to her classroom.
"It brought tears to my eyes just because I know she cares so much about those students and she spends so much time and effort in making them happy and making it a home,” Hartzo said.
They said Tindall spends her time, effort and money.
Tindall said she often buys food for the students with her own money and some of those treats were also snagged with the other items.
"Rice Krispies aren't the healthiest, but they took their treats,” she said.
Tindall is new to the Oakridge community.
It's her first year teaching at the school, but already she's seen an outpouring of support.
"Most of the community has been wonderful,” she said. “There's been really great outreach, but it's sad that just a few would ruin that."
Police said it's unclear what day the incident happened, and they're still working to figure out who's responsible.
They said there’s one security camera facing the front door to the classroom, and they said it’s too far from the classroom to clearly see.
Police said this is the second time this year the same classroom has been robbed.
They said there was no forced entry.
Hartzo and Slaven have started a GoFundMe account to help the school recover from this crime. To donate, click here.
Jumpin’ Java in Oakridge is also pitching in. For every drink sold between Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, 25 cents will be donated to the classroom.
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