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Dunbar High School burglary: Laptops taken from recently renovated campus

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- The recently renovated and reopened campus of Dunbar High School in Northwest was burglarized late Friday night, police say.

Dunbar celebrated its grand reopening last week. Photo: ABC7

Dunbar High celebrated its grand reopening just a week ago after a $122 million renovation. The new remodeled campus, which is located at First and N streets Northwest, includes interactive smart boards, televisions, computers and a new gym and auditorium.

The school, once compared to a prison, also now has lots of windows, though those windows are what the thieves used to break into a first-floor classroom and steal three Dell All-In-One Computers just after 11 p.m.

"This is a brand new school, this is just the first day, so with the break-in that's messed up," said one parent, Sonya Scott.

School security discovered the broken window and theft at about 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. A spokesperson for DC public schools told ABC7 that there are tracking devices on all school technology, and they are currently working with D.C. police to find the culprits.

ABC7 spotted multiple security cameras around the building, but still somebody managed to breach the system.

"I think it's pretty sad and despicable, whoever did it," said Jenel Petersen, a school advocate.

"I think it's just one of those things you just have to look at it and say, that's a gap, that's an area we can improve in," said former teacher, Chester McKinley.

The school claims several notable alumni, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

Authorities say they have no suspects and are currently reviewing surveillance footage.

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