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Thieves arrested, ordered to pay SDUSD back for 120 stolen iPads

Charged in 2015 heists at San Diego High
Posted at 7:51 AM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 12:04:06-04
SAN DIEGO -- In follow up to a Team 10 investigation that began last summer, two people have pleaded guilty to charges they stole 120 iPads from San Diego High School.
 
25-year old John Edward Wallace and a teenage accomplice are both behind bars. Wallace admitted he orchestrated two break-ins at San Diego High on Aug. 25 and Aug. 29, 2015. He was arrested in April of 2016. The unnamed juvenile admitted to his involvement in the Aug. 29th theft.
 
San Diego Police say Wallace was already in jail on an unrelated charge when they arrested him eight months after the break-ins.  Police did not provide any information on Wallace's young accomplice.
 
Wallace was initially charged with burglary, vandalism, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School District said he was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay $92,000 restitution to San Diego High.
 
The California Department of Corrections lists Wallace as an inmate at Chino State Prison. The juvenile was sentenced to 240 days in confinement.
 
A Team 10 investigation uncovered last year the theft of 120 stolen iPads, 25 of which were later recovered.  Most of the recovered iPads were so badly vandalized they had to be thrown out.  Only a couple iPads were still in working order.
 
Authorities estimated the loss of the iPads and the damage to the campus at $100,000.
 
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