4 teens accused of stealing $50K in school computer equipment

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 8:53 AM

PHOENIX -- Four teens have been arrested after allegedly stealing at least $50,000 worth of computer equipment from a Maryvale middle school.

The group reportedly broke into Desert Sands Middle School at 63rd and Campbell avenues Tuesday night and stole dozens of MacBooks, desktop computers and projectors.

Police said a teen returned to the campus Wednesday night but was caught by officers, leading them to his alleged accomplices and the stolen merchandise.

"A full computer system that, without this, in the next couple weeks, this school would have found themselves in trouble trying to run a computer program of any type in their school," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Desert Sands students are still on summer break.

Police said a few computers were damaged during the burglary, and some of the laptops were sold for $100 apiece. They are valued at $1,200.

Parents are asked to contact police if their child purchased a laptop from someone for only $100.

The teens are facing charges including burglary and trafficking in stolen goods.

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