Burglars who broke into a Takanini kohanga reo were brazen enough to leave their tag on the check-in book.
Burglars who broke into a south Auckland childcare centre were brazen enough to leave their pseudonyms in the sign-in book.
Humarie Kohanga Reo head teacher Tracy Te Maari said she received a call late on Sunday night from the security firm that monitors the Takanini centre.
When she got to the centre with her husband at around 10pm the damage “had already been done”.
“They’ve cut the wires off the computers, they’ve tried to pull out the internet box, they’ve smashed all the security lights and yanked things out of the wall.”
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“They took our brand new TV that was still in the box,” Te Maari said.
“We don’t have anything brand new. So that was convenient, that was a gift for them.
“They were cheeky enough to even tag their name on our sign-in book.”
On Monday morning, staff were left to survey the damage after telling 38 disappointed children the centre was closed for the day due to the break in.
Te Maari said: “I feel just terrible … mad. Everyone is pretty angry.”
“As we’re looking around more, they took some sharp knives out of the cupboard, they took chocolates that we were given as a gift … chocolates from a parent.
“And our little shed outside, it had nothing of value in it but the door is ripped off.”
She said they were waiting for police to arrive so the glass could be repaired.
Police confirmed they were called to a burglary at an address on Station Road in Takanini.
The incident comes a week after playground equipment was stolen from a centre in Mangere Bridge.
Krista Scelly, teacher at the Small Kauri Early Childhood Education Centre, said staff had driven around looking for the equipment at the weekend in the hope the thieves had “found the good in their heart and returned it”.
“We were realistic but hopeful.”
“Now we are going through the process of accepting that it’s not coming back.”
Scelly said they had started ordering replacement equipment and filing out insurance forms.