OGDEN -- Officials at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are worried that thieves may have stolen personal information from some students.
They also believe that the two criminals likely are men who are very familiar with the campus at 742 Harrison Blvd.
School Public Information Officer Kimberly Pierce said what officials are most concerned about is that the thieves were in the building for three and a half hours Sunday afternoon.
She said they are worried about what personal information the intruders could have seen or taken in that length of time.
"We're looking through everything they could have seen and notifying everyone," Pierce said.
While the student files appear to have been untouched, and the main human resource files also appear safe, Pierce said, the school wants to make sure officials address other types of personal information that may have been compromised.
The school also is trying to fight back by circulating pictures of the thieves caught on its security cameras.
Pierce said what's disheartening is that the students whose information the school is worried about are already a vulnerable population as people who are blind or deaf.
She said thieves have broken into the school three or four times in recent months.
"The community should be supporting and uplifting of these students, and it's happened more than once," she said.
Because of the nature of this break-in, she said, officials believe the thieves were people who were very familiar with the school.
"They knew where they were going," Pierce said. "They carried tools and pushed a cart around."
She said the thieves also broke in at a location where they knew that neighbors of the school couldn't see them.
"They hit administrative offices, the human resource office and the IT office."
They pulled a frame off a window to get in and destroyed windows in doors leading to individual offices.
Missing items include some cash, two jump drives, two lap tops, a cellphone and a clock.
One thing officials are glad about is that students weren't around when the break-in occurred.
"It's a good thing that school hadn't started," said Lisa Diarte, volunteer coordinator at the school.
Currently, there are four cottages on the campus, housing 17 people, where students live during the school year.
"What would have happened if kids or staff would have come down here?" Pierce said.
School officials are tired of facing this problem and want to fight back, Pierce said.
"We are increasing security," she said. "We'll increase the number of cameras."
She said wanting to ensure that the thieves are caught is the reason the school wanted to get the story out in the news media.
Police Lt. Chad Ledford said the thieves appeared to have been looking for something.
Police are processing the evidence they have collected at the campus.
"We have a few leads we are following up on," Ledford said. "There is a good possibility, in a matter of time, we will find our suspects."