The canteen manager at the Central High School is at her wits end. Burglars have hit the Smyth Street location four times within the past 12 months.
The manager, Merlyn Thomas, said that some time between Sunday and yesterday morning her canteen which is located in the bottom flat of Central High School was broken into.
Ms Thomas said that when she turned up for work early yesterday morning she noticed that the canteen was ransacked and articles missing, including one transformer valued $15,000, confectionaries, snacks and stationary which she sells in the canteen.
From all appearances the thieves made their way into the canteen through the roof of the canteen as a few boards from the second floor were removed.
Amidst tears, the woman said that she will not take the matter lightly since this is not the first time such an incident occurred. She explained that over the past year the canteen has been broken into four times. Despite this fact, the school board seems to be doing nothing about the incidents.
“Every time I would report it and they just take the reports and that’s the end of it, there is no action to provide better security arrangements for the school,” Thomas said.
Other vendors at the school feel that the security firm which currently offers services to the school is inadequate.
This newspaper was told that at the time the incident occurred there was one female security on duty but she was unharmed.
Meanwhile, the security guard who was on duty at the time said that it was raining and she saw nothing. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said that those responsible did not enter the building from the front where she was and as a result of the heavy rains there was no way she could have heard the noise caused by the break in through the ceiling.
In the meantime, Mrs. Thomas and other vendors at the school are calling on the school’s board to review the security arrangements at the school.
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