Pinellas teacher arrested in Dunedin Middle School iPad theft

Published Aug. 25, 2012

DUNEDIN— A Pinellas County teacher was arrested Friday on charges that she stole an iPad from Dunedin Middle School and pawned it to a local Best Buy store.

Julia King, 34, was working as a teacher at the middle school when the iPad was stolen in September, according to Pinellas County sheriff's deputies. Detectives investigated the theft and, on May 8, a routine pawn review of local pawn transactions revealed that the iPad was sold April 26 to a Best Buy store for $145.

King was identified as the seller, deputies said. Detectives continued their investigation until Friday, when they obtained a warrant and arrested King at a home in Palm Harbor.

She was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on a charge of dealing in stolen property and released Friday night on $10,000 bond.

King, of Naples, was hired as a Pinellas County school teacher in 2009, according to school records.

She worked at Dunedin Middle before transferring to East Lake High School, where she currently is employed.