Substitute teacher arrested for stealing computer from Surprise school

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Jeannette Guyer By Jennifer Thomas Jeannette Guyer By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE -- Surprise police arrested a substitute teacher for stealing a school district computer.

In December, Jeannette Guyer, 42, was employed as a substitute teacher at Desert Moon Elementary School in Surprise. She didn't return to the school after winter break.

Surprise police Sgt. Mark Ortega said the Dysart Unified School District conducted an inventory audit, which revealed that a laptop computer assigned to Guyer was missing. School officials notified police and a computer tracking company.

School district officials told police that they had purchased and installed tracking software for their computers. The software works similarly to LoJack® tracking systems for cars.

Ortega said the tracking company remotely traced the computer to Guyer, who had moved to Pennsylvania. However, information gathered during the investigation led Surprise police detectives to believe that Guyer would be moving back to Arizona.

On Jan. 21, police confirmed that she was in Surprise and in possession of the computer.

On March 3, Surprise detectives served a search warrant for Guyer's home near Bell Road and 183rd Avenue and found the stolen computer.

Guyer was charged with theft and possession of stolen property. The computer was returned to school district officials.