Deputies recover 40 stolen tablet computers

West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies, with help from other law enforcement agencies, have recovered half of the 80 tablet computers stolen in a school burglary, a spokesman for Sheriff J. Austin Daniel said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Archer Lee said five people, including three juveniles, have been arrested in the theft of a laptop computer and 80 iPad 2 tablet computers during a June 26 burglary of West Feliciana High School.

Lee said State Police investigators recovered nine iPad devices in Baton Rouge, while Wilkinson County, Miss., sheriff’s deputies recovered three more and the missing laptop, and West Feliciana deputies found 28 iPad computers.

The search for the remaining 40 devices was continuing. Anyone having information on where deputies may find them is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 784-3136.

Investigators withheld information about the break-in and arrests while they worked to recover as many of the computers as possible.

School officials noticed that a missing iPad had been logged onto the school district’s computer system from a remote location served by a local cable television and Internet service provider.

Deputies got the name and address of the cable subscriber from the company. When deputies went to the residence, they found one of five suspects sitting on the front steps, using an iPad stolen from the high school.

Detectives arrested twin brothers Robert and Rodrick Washington, 17, both of 6902 Robert Bailey Road, St. Francisville, and juveniles who are 14, 15 and 16 years old, Lee said.

The five were booked with one count each of simple burglary.

Lee said detectives believe the suspects sold some of the computers to people in Wilkinson County and Baton Rouge.

State Police spokesman Doug Cain said detectives were continuing their investigation.