Teen arrested in school heist

Authorities discover several allegedly stolen electronics on eBay

Posted: Sunday, August 03, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Alaska authorities turned to eBay to track down a teenager suspected of stealing more than $100,000 worth of electronics from Delta High School.

In the June 22 theft, windows valued at several thousand dollars were vandalized.

Authorities found several items on the popular online auction site they believed were stolen from the school. After purchasing 14 laptops and a projector, Alaska State Troopers identified the seller as a 16-year-old boy from Delta Junction.

The boy's name was not released.

Troopers said the teen led them to the rest of the electronics, as well as a handgun and paintball gun reported stolen in an unrelated case.

The teen was arrested on charges including burglary, theft and criminal mischief. The Delta-Greely School District had to pay about 80 percent of the cost of the stolen items to settle an insurance claim.

"We're happy about the arrest, but a little concerned about the age of the person involved," said P.J. Ford Slack, superintendent of the Delta/Greely School District.

Because of the age of the suspect and the items taken, the teen is likely a student at the high school, Slack said.

"Because of the specificity of what they took, it's hard to believe it was someone who wasn't familiar with the school," she said.



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