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Pacific Elementary School in Manhattan Beach was the target of a weekend break-in in which the perpetrators made off with 55 iPads, school officials said Tuesday.

Officials say they don't know for certain when the theft occurred, but that the burglary was discovered Sunday morning. No arrests have been made, they said.

The culprits entered two adjacent fifth-grade classrooms by breaking the windows. They then apparently used a bolt cutter to penetrate the locked covers on the charging carts in each classroom, said Michael Matthews, superintendent of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

School employees spent Sunday cleaning the mess so students and teachers could use the classrooms on Monday.

Worth about $25,000, the 55 iPads were donated by the PTA.

Officials said the thieves did not steal all the devices at the school, which is located at 1300 Pacific Ave. Matthews said that the iPads were insured, so the district should be able to replace them at a reasonable cost.

The school is equipped with surveillance cameras, which are being reviewed by the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

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