5 Computers Stolen From Capistrano School District

October 5, 2006


Thieves who broke into the Capistrano Unified School District headquarters and removed five computers that could contain personal employee information remained at large Thursday, officials said.

The suspect or suspects broke a window of a first-floor office about 4 a.m. Wednesday at 33122 Valle Road and stole the five computers, with a total value of about $5,000, according to the district's Beverly de Nicola.

An alarm went off and sheriff's deputies arrived, but no one was there, but authorities found some blood by the window, she said.

The computers included information about employees enrolled in an insurance program, and likely listed names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. The district is trying to determine the extent of information held in the computer, de Nicola said.

Not every district employee is listed in the computer, she said. Employees affected will be notified, especially if identity issues are raised, de Nicola said.

The break-in was unrelated to the seizure of computers in August by Orange County District Attorney's Office investigators in connection with an on-going investigation stemming from allegations of fiscal mismanagement, conflict of interest and other wrongdoing.

The search followed a failed recall of all seven board trustees sparked in part by complaints that district officials spent millions on the new "Taj Mahal" administration building, instead of updating facilities for students.

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