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North Ridgeville students accused of taking computer equipment


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Police said two juveniles were involved in the theft of more than $25,000 in computers and associated equipment taken from a school office last month.

Most of the stolen equipment was recovered and returned, police said.

The thefts were reported Feb. 28 by officials at North Ridgeville Middle School where six tablets valued at $500 each were removed from a school technology office that was left unsecured, according to police Capt. Marti Garrow.

A number of flash drives also were taken, along with eight portable computer keyboards.

The flash drives contained licensing agreements for computer programs held between the school system and Microsoft, Garrow said.

“That’s where the high dollar value came in,” Garrow said. “The licensing agreements alone were worth $21,000 to $25,000.”

The thefts are believed to have occurred over a period of days before they were discovered and reported, Garrow said.

A quantity of computer cables and other equipment also went missing.

The laptops, flash drives and most of the other stolen equipment was found and recovered from the homes of the two students, Garrow said.

Reports said one computer was damaged.

A 12-year-old boy faces juvenile charges of theft and criminal damaging, according to Garrow, while a 13-year-old boy was charged with receiving stolen property.

The 12-year-old is believed to have been the one who removed the laptops and other equipment from the office, Garrow said.

Both were referred to county Juvenile Court authorities.

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