An attempt to steal thousands of pounds worth of computers from West Suffolk College has been thwarted by police.
Around 12.10am on Sunday, offenders gained entry to the college by cutting through a fence, climbing onto a flat roof and forcing open two windows.
They then removed 15 Apple iMac computers, with a combined value of £30,000, before setting off the burglar alarm.
Police rushed to the college and the suspects were spotted making their escape.
But despite a search of the scene and help from the police helicopter and dog unit, the perpetrators were not located.
Officers discovered a Honda CRV parked nearby with four iMacs in the boot.
A further six computers were found on a path at the rear of the building and five more on the roof.
Detective Sergeant Tam Burgess of Bury St Edmunds CID said: “The benefits of a having a burglar alarm installed are clearly demonstrated in this case, as the offenders would have likely escaped with all the computers that were ultimately recovered by our officers, whose quick response ensured that they left empty-handed.
“I would strongly urge any establishment that possesses high-value equipment to install an intruder alarm and regularly review the security of their buildings.”
Deputy Principal of the college, David Howells, said: “We are very pleased with the fact that our security systems worked so well in this case.
“A member of our Estates team was called out to secure the buildings, liaise with police and retrieve all the computers.
“There was no disruption to students as staff were on site early on Monday morning and all the computers were back in place for the start of classes.”
Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information about this crime is asked to contact DC Mike Chapman at Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Further advice on burglar alarms and crime prevention can be obtained on the Suffolk Constabulary website www.suffolk.police.uk or by calling your local Crime Reduction Officer on 101.