Thieves have stolen thousands of pounds from a Northamptonshire school including £800 worth of donations to fund a defibrillator.
Almost £2,000 was stolen from a safe at Ringstead Primary School after burglars broke in through a window in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Headteacher, Laura Buckley, said she believed the person behind the crime deliberately set off the alarm on Saturday to see what the response would be and then, after the security guard had left the premises, raided the school on Sunday.
Ms Buckley said the money for the defibrillator had been raised by the school’s secretary and pupils over the past few months through a number of events including cake sales, mufti days, an Easter raffle, coffee mornings and film nights.
She said: “I’m absolutely gutted especially as a member of staff has worked so hard to raise the money.
“We told the kids in assembly and they were devastated, some were crying. We are going to do what we can to raise the money again.
“It must have been somebody who knows the school.
“It seems like they knew what they were looking for.
“They ignored all the ICT equipment, went straight to the safe and took the money for the defibrillator and some other money too.”
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police confirmed that a break-in had occurred at the school.
He said: “Officers were called to the school at about 1.40am on June 7.
“The offenders had forced their way into the school some time after 11.30pm on June 6 by removing a window in the side of the building.
“They broke into an office and stole a sum of money from the safe.
“We would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this to call us on 101.”