New Mexico school district reports $202K in thefts, losses

Aug 12, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest public school district is reporting that more than $202,000 worth of items went missing or were stolen from Albuquerque schools during the past year. The items include everything from a small refrigerator and orange construction cones to trash bags, basketball shoes and a case of turkey pepperoni. Culled from school district police reports, the list covers every school within the district, food services and the vehicle fleet. Officials with Albuquerque Public Schools tell the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fzAvHf ) that nearly all of the items were stolen, though a few were likely misplaced. The district is required to submit an annual report to the state auditor outlining the losses. The district's loss rate varies from year to year. In 2015-2016, it added up to about $150,000.