Students in the Green Club at Pearl Harbor Elementary were looking forward to their upcoming garden project this school year. But now, that project is on hold.
On Monday, custodians discovered that some of their lockers were cut and items were stolen.
And that wasn’t all. The school’s garden shed was also hit.
“It seemed like they unscrewed the roof and took it off and the doors had a pad lock in it. But the padlock was also gone, so it seems like they did cut off the lock,” said teacher Kristi Ingel.
“Based on our projected numbers, (we lost) roughly between two to three thousand dollars,” said teacher Randall Galeon. “Damage to the shed, garden tools, everything that was in there.”
Thousands of plant seeds, along with gardening gloves, were also swiped.
The school says all of those items were donated, so they don’t know how long it will take to replace them.
“It just depends how long it takes us to start that process over again. I would say since it took us two years to build this up, hopefully not that long,” Galeon said.
In addition to breaking into the tool shed, teachers say the thief, or thieves, also walked through campus, picking up items along the way.
“This wagon cart here had everything from watering cans from teachers’ classrooms to terra cotta pots, bags, all kinds of things,” Galeon said.
As for the students, they’re still on summer break.
“How do you think they’re gonna feel when they find out?” KHON2 asked.
“Probably how I feel. Heartbroken,” Galeon said.
As for the thieves, “My message to them is it’s really terrible to steal from school children,” Ingel said.
Students will be back in school on August 1.
The Green Club plans to move forward and do other projects with or without the items that were taken.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police.