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Brownwood ISD fires employee for reportedly stealing 10 Apple laptops

The Brownwood Police Department recovered nearly $15,000 in stolen equipment from a school employee who had access to secure areas.

In a press release sent Friday, the Brownwood Independent School District stated the school noticed several new laptops went missing in December.

"An employee that we've hired to take care of our kids, take care of our equipment - that violates our trusts. [It] makes us angry because obviously that employee does not put our kids first," Brownwood ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Young said.

Dr. Young said the employee stole 10 new Apple MacBook Air laptops. The school activated the tracking software to find the missing computers, and once they were located, the school district contacted the Brownwood Police Department.

Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols said they're investigating a theft of $2,500 to $30,000 that occurred at the school and will submit their case to the 35th Judicial District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

The employee, who KTXS isn't identifying until charged, has worked at the school district for 16 years, according to Young.

"We have those back now," Young said. "And we'll put them back in the hands of the students, where they need to be."

He said the laptops will be going to high school students and isn't aware of the employee taking other items in the past.

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