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Deputies: Janitor stole $1.2K raised by Upstate students for field trip

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Timothy Cook (Source: LCSO) Timothy Cook (Source: LCSO)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office said a janitor at an Upstate school was arrested on Tuesday amid a larceny investigation.

Deputies said students at Ford Elementary School were raising money for each student in their class to be able to go on a field trip to Charleston. The children had collected $1,200 since December by selling candy bars at $1 each.

The money was being stored in a zip lock bag in a closet of the classroom.

After an investigation, deputies said Timothy Leon Cook admitted to taking the money. The janitor had prior criminal charges for possession of marijuana, DUI, driving under suspension and use of a vehicle without owner's permission, deputies said.

Cook was booked into the Johnson Detention Center on a petit larceny charge.

“It is absolutely incomprehensible that someone could steal money from these children which they, their parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers worked so hard to raise for this field trip," said Sheriff Don Reynolds. "This criminal is now where he belongs, behind bars and away from these children.” 

Laurens School District 55 issued the following statement on the incident:

It is our policy not to comment on matters related to law enforcement actions. As a district, we will ensure this does not have an impact on the children and their opportunities. 

The sheriff's office said an anonymous donor has replaced the money and the students will still be able to go on the field trip. 

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