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VIRGINIA BEACH - Ten iPads worth $5,000 are missing from a Va. Beach school.

They were last seen in a locked area at Brandon Middle School two months ago - on June 14 - but in that time, workers, students and parents have been in and out of the school, police said.

'That's really awful, that's the word that comes to mind. It's taking a learning capability out of the hands of our kids. These kids depend on this technology, especially our special needs kids,' School Board member Patrick Salyer said.

Last year, the School Board spent more than $600,000 to buy 1210 iPads for schools.

Schools spokeswoman Eileen Cox says Brandon students will have new iPads when the school year starts.

Because the school division is self-insured, the loss will not be recouped, she added.

Police said there was no sign of anyone breaking into the iPad cases.

If you know anything about this grand larceny, call Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Meantime, police say they have the serial numbers of the stolen iPads. So, anyone who tries to sell them at a pawn shop, for instance, the items will show up in national database as stolen and to alert Va. Beach police.

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