Three men accused of a string of burglaries at schools across two counties have appeared in court.
Christopher Kerr, 25, of Halstead Road, Frinton, Liam Cook, 26, of Bushell Way,
Frinton and Francis Wilding, 21, of Melton Close, Clacton are all charged with conspiracy to commit burglary with intent to steal.
The men appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
Judge John Holt told Kerr, Cook and Wilding that they will be required back at court on May 23 for a plea and case management hearing.
The court heard that no pleas were being indicated at this stage. Judge Holt told all three men that they would continue to be granted bail until their next court appearance.
Kerr, Cook and Wilding are accused of involvement in more than 70 burglaries at 30 primary and secondary schools in Suffolk and more than 40 in Essex between
August 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013.
It is alleged that laptops and computer equipment was stolen in each of the raids.
The thefts included £20,000 of laptops and computer equipment being stolen from Kersey Primary School and 14 laptops worth around £5,600 being taken from Monks Eleigh Primary School.