Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Former New Berlin, Wisconsin teacher charged in laptop thefts


A former New Berlin high school teacher accused of stealing 18 laptops from the school was charged Monday with four counts of misdemeanor theft.

Amanda Rhyner, 27, a former high school English teacher, will make her first court appearance on Aug. 11.

According to a criminal complaint:

School officials at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School first became aware of a possible theft when a Waukesha man contacted Dell to change the ownership information. Dell, in turn, notified the school, which had registered the laptop.

School officials spoke to the Waukesha man who said he purchased the laptop from Rhyner in September for $100. The man provided emails and a phone number that matched Rhyner's contact information.

A complete inventory of the laptops showed that 18 were missing and three of the missing laptops were last connected to the school on Oct. 13. When officers reviewed the security footage, they saw Rhyner go in and out of her classroom, and others, with a laptop bag and large blue bin.

The school district removed Rhyner from teaching last fall when the theft was discovered,

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