Published: May 03, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
Updated: May 03, 2013 4:52 PM EDT

LEHIGH, Fla. -  When school employees arrived at Sunshine Elemtaty School on Friday morning they found several portable classrooms had been broken into.  

Thousands of dollars in equipment had been stolen.  But the thieves did not count on being caught on camera.  

The principal tells WINK News it was a major disappointment to realize the school had been targeted.  But he says the cameras on the property were targeting the thieves as well.

It is almost a necessity for property protection to have a surveillance camera.  Sunshine Elementary has many cameras and it seems they caught the thieves on tape as the thieves broke into the portables.

Principal Dr Winston Bishop says the thieves cut through the perimeter fence of the school, crossed a field and broke into three separate portables.  The thieves headed directly to the desktop and laptop computers. 

Lee County deputies took the surveillance video and are now analyzing it as the search for the suspects begins.