He was caught on camera allegedly stealing iPads from the hallways of JFK Elementary School. Winooski police say after these images aired on TV, dozens of tips came in. Police were able to identify the alleged thief as Charles Ring, 22.
"So, when we did a little bit of research into the suspect, the individual name, we found out that he was already wanted for a probation violation for burglary," Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen said.
Police tracked the Winooski man to a Colchester motel, where they say they found him hiding out with six of the stolen iPads. Ring was arrested on the spot for an outstanding probation violation in a separate burglary conviction.
"We have not charged him with anything as of yet," McQueen said. "We are continuing to investigate the other leads that we have. We want to make it as tight as possible and since he's incarcerated on other charges we can take our time to make sure we get all the information we need."
Police say it's clear Ring is the man in this surveillance video pocketing 25 tablets Tuesday, but say they're waiting for additional footage from the district to see if they can also connect him to the weekend theft of 25 more tablets.
"Right now our biggest interest is where are the other 44 iPads," McQueen said.
Police are investigating whether Ring worked alone or with a team to fence the stolen tablets. And they're warning potential buyers to be wary of anyone selling the Apple product at a deep discount.
"Getting them back is probably difficult," McQueen said. "I mean onsies, twosies probably as this point, as we start figuring out who's buying them."
Ring is being held without bail. Police were initially suspicious that Ring knew exactly where to find the iPad carts; they do not believe Ring has any connection to the Winooski school district.
The school will not get the recovered tablets back, at least not before the start of school year because they are being held as evidence.
Police would like to hear from anyone with information on where to find the remaining stolen iPads -- 802-655-0221.
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