Teen gets jail for SHS computer thefts
By ERIC FRANCIS
HERALD CORRESPONDENT | July 10,2014
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A former Springfield High School student made a plea deal in a case charging him with stealing more than a dozen computers, iPads, cameras and other electronic devices from the school.
Kyle Scott, 19, will spend a week in jail under a plea agreement reached Tuesday in White River Junction criminal court. He must also undergo screening for substance abuse and stay off all school properties in Springfield.
Scott pleaded no contest to a felony burglary charge and guilty to a misdemeanor charge of petty larceny. He received a total of 3˝ years, all suspended on probation except for one week to be served later this month.
Court records say Springfield High School custodian Bruce Merriam found a window to the school’s “IT room” had been smashed June 4, 2013.
He determined that more than $8,000 in computers, electronic gear, cash and a staff member’s bottle of cologne were taken.
The next day, police said, the school’s IT director, Christopher Moody, noticed that one of the stolen MacBook latops automatically connected to the school’s computer server to check for updates.
Police got a subpoena for an Internet service provider’s records and determined that the laptop had connected to the Internet from an address on Stanley Road in Springfield.
Officers searched the home and court records said they found one of the missing computers, complete with Springfield High School identification on it, in Scott’s bedroom.
Police said Scott claimed he had no idea the computer and other items found in his bedroom were stolen. But police said they discovered that Scott and another teen, who has since moved from the area, had been selling off the stolen items.