Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month. Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Multiple community members donated to the Oak Harbor High School Career & Technical Education department after someone broke into the school and stole about $1,000 worth of tools earlier this month.

School District Comm- unications Officer Conor Laffey said the culprit broke the padlock and cut through the fencing to steal the tools.

There are several classes in engineering, manufacturing and construction at the high school that teach students how to use hand tools and other equipment.

An advanced engineering class uses an outdoor space behind the school for larger projects, and students have been working on a 10-by-20-foot shed and a trailer to move it.

Staff reported the incident to the Oak Harbor Police Department on May 7 and purchased replacements so students could continue their work.

Several businesses and members of the community offered their donations and support after hearing about the theft, Laffey said.

“Even after being told that the school had recouped what was lost, we were grateful to learn that there were so many generous community members who still wanted to contribute,” he said, thanking those who donated.

Oak Harbor Police Capt. Mike Bailey said the investigation is ongoing.

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