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Pinellas school employee accused of pawning district iPads, laptop

GULFPORT — Police arrested a school district IT technician this week after discovering she pawned two iPads and a laptop that belonged to the district.

Angeleta Washington, 37, of St. Petersburg, pawned the computers, which were assigned to Boca Ciega High School and Gulfport Elementary, in January and March, according to an arrest affidavit.

The thefts were only recently discovered. Gulfport police Sgt. Tom Woodman said Washington recently went to police for help — she reported that someone had stolen property that belonged to her.

"In the course of the investigation we discovered she herself had pawned these items that belonged to the school," Woodman said.

As part of her job, Washington had a master key to schools, the affidavit said. She was arrested Thursday on several charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

She was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Friday in lieu of $36,000 bail, records show.

The school district has placed Washington, who was hired in 2007 and most recently worked at Bayside High School, on administrative leave, spokeswoman Melanie Marquez Parra said.

The iPads and laptop were worth about $2,800, Parra said.

Pinellas school employee accused of pawning district iPads, laptop 09/27/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 4:15pm]
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