Shop talk: $25,000 in machine tools stolen from Calif. school

Broken window at El Camino High School in Sacramento, Calif., which was robbed of about $25,000 worth of shop equipment on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - Thieves broke into a Northern California high school and stole shop equipment worth about $25,000, reports CBS Sacramento.

The suspects broke into Sacramento's El Camino High School Tuesday morning, and made off with machine tools including six welders, four drills, a hydraulic pipe bender, and four grinders.

Security video caught the robbers on camera, but the school is only sharing the video with police, says the station. It reportedly shows the thieves open a roll-up door for easy access.

Ryan Tompkins, the high school's shop teacher, discovered a broken window in the room and soon realized the equipment was missing.

"All the students are looking forward to working with heavy metals and the welding process and now were gonna be pushed back," said Tompkins.

Classes start next week, says the station.

  • Crimesider Staff

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