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Monday, September 30, 2013


Computer theft from YouthBuild suspected inside job

NEW BEDFORD – YouthBuild New Bedford was the target of a weekend burglary that claimed 26 netbooks, an iPad and a 55-inch smart TV — a heist program officials say was likely an inside job.
“I don't even know,” said a solemn Erik Andrade, who teaches at YouthBuild. “I think it's just sad. It's unfortunate.”
With 38 students last year, YouthBuild is part of a national network of schools for under-performing high school students. The program gives them the opportunity to earn GEDs, log volunteer hours, and in the case of YouthBuild New Bedford, a Google Chromebook at the end of the school year.
But 26 of the school's 40 Chromebooks — a cloud-based, $249 laptop with minimal features — were stolen in the theft of more than $7,000 in equipment. Students didn't lose any files, however, all of which were backed up in the cloud.
Lisa Mello-Frost, program manager at YouthBuild, said it was likely someone on the inside.
“I want whoever did it to be prosecuted just based on the principle of it, because it's obviously somebody who knew where (the equipment) was,” she said. “In our minds it's a member, it's a former member... the only people who would know that are people who have been in this building.”
The massive building at 593 Kempton St., once an orphanage, houses YouthBuild's computer equipment in a room on the second floor. Andrade said the thief (or thieves) knew exactly where to go. The glass window on the computer room door was shattered before a locked cabinet holding the netbooks was broken into.
YouthBuild has an insurance policy and plans to file a claim for the lost equipment. Although the building has an alarm system, program officials said they need to talk with the security company to find out if it went off.
Officer Jarrod Gracia is investigating the theft and can be reached at 508-991-6340.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And how is it that your product would help in this case? Chromebooks do not have PCI slots.

This is scaremongering. Pure FUD.