ST. HELENS, Ore. -- Thieves used bolt cutters to cut a lock off a cart and steal 20 computers and some technical equipment from Yankton Arthur Academy School in St. Helens.

The public charter school west of St. Helens greeted students Monday morning with the news, trying to use it as a teachable moment about moving on after hardship.

Principal Michael Arthur says the door to the 7th and 8th grade computer lab must have been left unlatched, because there was no sign of forced entry.

He says sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, someone went inside and cut the lock off a rolling cabinet and stole 20 laptop computers, two projectors and two document cameras. Nothing else in the school was touched.

It doesn't make me feel good, but nobody was hurt and they're just things, said principal Michael Arthur. Things happen and I don't want to be angry by what happened. We want to learn from it and move forward. It's the same thing I want to teach my children.

Arthur says insurance should cover the cost of replacing the equipment. He's hoping the tight-knit community will keep an ear to the ground to help police find the suspect.

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