Juveniles arrested for stealing iPods from Havana Middle School

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By Alice Du Pont

Two 12-year-old boys are suspected of taking 40 iPods, valued at $12,000, from Havana Middle School sometime during the month of July, according to Lt. Larry Smith of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

Smith said it is unclear when the Department of Education-issued iPods were taken but a school employee noticed them missing July 27.

"We didn't have a clue until the employee gave us the names of three suspects. Two of them turned out to be a good suspects and the other one is a maybe," Smith said.

Allegedly, the boys had been boasting to friends they had iPods. They then began selling them to adults. The music players, valued at between $300 and $400 each, were sold for $30 in and around the Havana area. In some cases, Smith said, the Florida Department of Education-engraved name and serial number has been partially scratched off.

"There are 32 iPods still out there and we want them back. If anyone has one or knows where they are, they should call me at 251-5523 or 627-9233. I'm offering them amnesty if they bought one. If they don't call and I find them, they will be charged with dealing in stolen property," Smith said.