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Coding camp for kids asks for help after 11 laptops are stolen

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A coding camp for kids in the Twin Cities is asking for helping finding 11 Apple laptops it believes were stolen from its storage area.

CoderDojo Twin Cities, which holds events across the metro teaching kids how to write computer code, has issued an appeal for information about the stolen laptops on its Facebook page.

It says 10 15-inch Macbook Pro laptops – an older model – and a 13-inch Macbook Air laptop have been reported stolen.

The laptops are distinctive, with all of them having CoderDojoTC stickers on the laptop lid. But in the event the stickers have been removed, they could be identified from the many scuffs and scratches they got from being transported to different events.

CoderDojo adds that most of the laptops have stickers saying "FINCH SCRATCH," or labels on the wrist wrest saying "CW LOAN" or "CLOCKWORK." If the computers haven't been wiped by the thieves, they will have user accounts of "CoderDojo" or "admin."

CoderDojo says it has an event planned for Saturday and as it stands, may not have enough laptops for all of those attending.

The Twin Cities program was founded by Matt Gray in Rebecca Schatz and forms part of the international movement CoderDojo, offering free coding clubs for children around the world.

According to its website, it has grown to be "among the largest CoderDojos in the world," helping almost 1,000 children and young adults code.

Anyone with information about the laptops' whereabouts can contact the group through Facebook, or via its website.

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