DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THEFTS OF TABLET COMPUTERS AT HIGH SCHOOL
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies have arrested one Lexington High School student in connection with thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers that were reported stolen from the locker room that is used by the high school’s varsity football team. Deputies also have obtained arrest warrants for two additional Lexington High students who are wanted in connection with the tablet computer thefts.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives are continuing to investigate the thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers at Lexington High. Deputies determined that some of the stolen tablet computers were taken to a Game Stop store at 5454-D Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, where students obtained cash or store credit in exchange for the computers. Questions concerning the statuses of students who were arrested or face criminal charges in connection with the computer thefts should be addressed to Lexington County School District One.
On Friday, November 29, deputies arrested Garvin Jerome Jackson, Jr., 18, at his home at 232 Millwright Drive, Lexington, on arrest warrants on one count of receiving stolen goods and two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, Metts said. Jackson was being held on Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing. Jackson, who was a starting running back on the Lexington High varsity football team, was booked at the county Detention Center at 1:24 a.m. on Friday.
Arrest warrants allege that at about 3:26 p.m. on November 11 Jackson knowingly possessed one Apple iPad tablet computer worth about $500 that had been reported stolen from the varsity football team locker room at Lexington High and took the tablet computer to the Game Stop, where Jackson exchanged the computer for money and merchandise, Metts said. The arrest warrants further allege that Jackson conspired with other Lexington High students to steal iPad tablet computers from the football team locker room.
Deputies previously arrested Jackson on November 21 on an arrest warrant on a charge of receiving stolen goods, Metts said. In that case, Jackson was released from the county Detention Center on November 22 on a $2,130 personal recognizance bond.
An arrest warrant alleges that at about 6:48 p.m. on November 20 Jackson took one Apple iPad2 16-G tablet computer worth about $500 that was reported stolen from the Lexington High varsity football team locker room to the Game Stop in order to obtain store credit in exchange for the computer, Metts said. The computer was the property of Lexington County School District One. Jackson received one Sony PlayStation 4 Dual Shock video game controller, one NBA 2014 PlayStation 4 video game and one digital camera in exchange for the computer.
On November 21, a Lexington High student reported the theft of the iPad tablet computer that Jackson possessed to Deputy Lonnie McElwain, who works full-time as a school resource officer at Lexington High, Metts said. The student told McElwain that the tablet computer was stolen from his book bag in the varsity football team locker room sometime between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on November 19. The student told McElwain that he had locked the book bag in his locker.
On Wednesday, November 27, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for James Oscar Bluford, Jr., 17, of 809 East Main Street, Apartment 1125, Lexington, who remains wanted on a charge of petit larceny. Bluford, who is a student at Lexington High, is 5-foot-11 and weighs 273 pounds. Bluford has black hair and brown eyes.
An arrest warrant alleges that on November 21 Bluford stole one Apple iPad tablet computer worth about $500 from the Lexington High varsity football team locker room and gave the stolen computer to Tomas Charvez Reese, who played on the Lexington High varsity football team, Metts said.
On Wednesday, detectives also obtained an arrest warrant for Reese, 18, of 100 Hidden Valley Drive, Lot B-18, Lexington, who remains wanted on a charge of petit larceny, Metts said. Reese
is 6-foot-2 and weighs 300 pounds. Reese has black hair and brown eyes.
An arrest warrant alleges that McElwain found that Reese possessed the Apple iPad tablet computer that had been reported stolen while Reese was on the grounds of Lexington High at 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington, Metts said. The arrest warrant further alleges that Reese conspired with other Lexington High students to steal iPad tablet computers from the varsity football team locker room at Lexington High.
Metts asked anyone with information about the whereabouts of Bluford or Reese or the thefts of Apple iPad tablet computers at Lexington High to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Citizens also can provide information to the Sheriff’s Department anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com), Metts said.
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