A middle school physical education teacher accused of stealing and selling a Milltown high school’s laptops resigned after he was arrested, school officials said Wednesday.
A grand jury on Monday indicted 34-year-old Andrew Schuster, of Newark, with theft and selling stolen property.
John Dickinson High School personnel believe Schuster stole $1,500 worth of Chromebooks and Dell laptops that belonged to the high school, according to court documents obtained by The News Journal.
Pati Nash, a spokeswoman for Red Clay Consolidated School District, said Schuster taught physical education to students in the Dickinson Middle Years program within the high school. He had been a school district employee since 2011, Nash said.
Nash said Schuster resigned from his position shortly after his arrest.
Dickinson Principal Byron Murphy on May 22 told Delaware State Police he believed Schuster was stealing school-owned Chromebooks because he was the last person to log into two laptops stolen the previous week, court documents show.
During a police investigation, it was discovered that over a five-month period Schuster sold 16 Dell or Acer laptops and one Dell projector to Upper Shore Pawn Brokers in Elkton, Maryland. He also showed the pawn brokers his license after each transaction, according to the documents.
Police later determined the serial numbers of all the computers Schuster sold to the pawn shop matched those of the missing computers at Dickinson High School.
Upon the discovery, officers searched Schuster’s Gateway Drive home and found a stolen Dell laptop inside a box under dirty clothes just inside the foyer way.
Dickinson High School security footage revealed Schuster entering the room of a teacher who reported his Chromebook stolen. In the video, Schuster is seen carrying a black bag and hurrying out of the room 19 seconds after going in.
School technical support employees confirmed Schuster was the last person to log into the stolen computers.