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Man, teen charged in iPad thefts from Clay High School

By Staff reports

CLAY, W.Va. -- A substitute custodian and a juvenile accomplice stole 27 iPads from an unsecured storage locker at Clay County High School this month, police said.

Joseph Jarrett, 23, of Bickmore, was charged Wednesday with receiving and transferring stolen property, illegal entry into a building and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Staff at Clay County High School called State Police on Friday about the missing iPads and identified Jarrett as a suspect, according to a criminal complaint filed in Clay County Magistrate Court.

Troopers S.L. Bass and B.E. Young went to Jarrett's house on Saturday and he admitted to the thefts, according to the complaint. Jarrett told troopers he spotted the iPads on Dec. 4 while he was training to become a substitute custodian at the school. The iPads were kept in an unsecured storage locker in a prep room on the second floor.

Jarrett and a 16-year-old male allegedly took four iPads and four chargers and put them inside a garbage bag to hide them from school security cameras. Jarrett and the boy left the school through the boiler room and placed the iPads inside Jarrett's car, according to the complaint.

Jarrett told troopers he and the boy entered the school without permission again on Dec. 11 and stole another 23 iPads.

Jarrett said he sold several iPads for a total of $150 or traded them for various items. He said he committed the thefts to make money to buy Christmas gifts for his family, according to the complaint. The iPads were valued at approximately $700 each.

Jarrett is currently in Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $200,000 bail. A juvenile petition was filed against the teen for his role in the thefts.


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