A thief stole an iPad from the recently reopened Park Slope Library, which was the first library branch in Brooklyn to provide the expensive Apple products to help kids learn, read and play.
The burglary occurred last Friday, Sept. 28, “sometime in the afternoon,” according to Jason Carey, the director of marketing and communications for the Brooklyn Public Library.
The Park Slope Library celebrated its reopening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 13, just two weeks before the crime. The library went through a multi-million dollar renovation, which took almost three years.
One of the new features of the branch is its brand new technology, including over 20 new computers, printers, a self-checkout kiosk, free WiFi and four iPads in the children’s section.
According to Carey, the crook who stole the device somehow broke through the security casing, which is locked to the table, and took the iPad.
Police from the 78th Precinct are investigating the crime.
The Daily News first reported the crime earlier this week.
Carey said that they will replace the stolen iPad soon, and they are also going to get new security cases for the three other iPads to prevent another theft.
“It’s a shame that someone would go to such lengths to steal an iPad that was being used to engage and teach children in one of our libraries,” Carey told Patch.