Three Lexington High School football players have now been arrested in connection with the theft of iPads from the school locker room.
On Monday, deputies arrested James Oscar Bluford, Jr., 17, of Lexington, on an arrest warrant on a charge of petit larceny. Bluford, who was a defensive lineman on the Lexington High varsity football team, was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center and later released on a $2,130 personal recognizance bond.
Also on Monday, 18-year-old Tomas Charvez Reese was arrested on an arrest warrant for petit larceny. Reese was also a defensive lineman on the Lexington High School football team. He was arrested last week on a warrant and released from the detention center on $2,130 bond.
Last week, deputies arrested 18-year-old Garvin Jerome Jackson at his Lexington home on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses and receiving stolen goods. Jackson was a running back on the Lexington High School varsity football team.
An arrest warrant accuses Bluford of stealing an iPad from the locker room and giving it to Reese.
Arrest warrants say earlier this month, Jackson took an iPad that had been reported stolen from the locker room used by the Lexington varsity football team to a Game Stop and exchanged it for money and merchandise. Metts says the warrant accuses Jackson of conspiring with other Lexington High School students to steal tablets from the locker room.
The arrest warrant says the school resource officer found Reese possessed an iPad tablet that was reported stolen. Metts says the warrant also accuses Reese of conspiring with other students to steal iPads from the locker room.
Investigators determined some of the stolen tablets were taken to a Game Stop store on Sunset Boulevard in Lexington, where students exchanged them for cash or store credit.
Detectives continue to investigate the thefts.
On Friday the school district released the following statement:
On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the administrative staff at Lexington County School District One's Lexington High School learned that an 18-year-old student may have stolen a school-owned iPad.
The administrative staff and the School Resource Officer immediately began a thorough investigation and, as a result of their investigation, they identified three other students who were also involved in the theft of school iPads. The principal also filed an incident report with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department through the School Resource Officer. This is standard operating procedure.
Acting in accordance with Board Policy and district procedure, administrators at Lexington High School also contacted the students' parents/guardians and suspended the four students (two 18-year-olds, two 17-year-olds) while they wait for an expulsion hearing with the district's hearing officer. Because of their individual circumstances, some students will have an additional step in the process while they wait for an expulsion hearing with the district's hearing officer.
Suspension from school means the student cannot attend school, cannot come on to the school grounds of any of the district's schools or district owned property, cannot attend any program at the school in the daytime or at night, is not allowed to take part in any extracurricular activity nor in the organized practice for this activity, and cannot ride a school bus during any part of his/her suspension.
The district takes any incident like this very seriously. At the beginning of each school year, students and staff go over the rules and regulations of the district. Each student also receives an electronic copy of the Student Handbook at the beginning of the school year that includes information about student conduct.
If you know where to find Bluford have any information regarding this investigation, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.
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