Students and faculty returning to school at Miraleste Elementary School Monday morning found that approximately 135 student lockers had been burglarized over the weekend.
According to an email sent to parents from Miraleste principal Beth Hadley, custodial staff found a bank of lockers Monday morning with all of their locks removed. It appeared that the locks were cut off using bolt cutters, the email stated.
When students arrived for classes, annoucements were made to students to check their lockers for any missing items.
According to Hadley, only a few students reported items missing from their lockers and the total loss as of Monday morning appeared to be less than $500.
"I sincerely regret how unsettling this has been for the students," Hadley said in the email. "We did our best to take care of them and reassure them."
In the mean time, the school said it will provide affected students with used locks and will also notify the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department about the incident.
As of noon on Monday, the Sheriff's Department said it had no knowledge of the incident and had not yet been notified of the break ins.
Anyone who may have information on the burglaries has been asked to contact Principal Hadley or Rick Licciardello at Licciardello@pvpusd.k12.ca.us or by calling the school.