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Detroit Public Schools' top official alleged that 10 men -- including Michigan State football player Dion Sims

 


MSU Spartan Dion Sims among 10 charged in DPS laptop theft scheme

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Wayne Country Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy has charged 10 men in connection with an organized scheme to steal and fence laptop computers from the Detroit Public Schools from December 2009 through 2010.

The Prosecutor also said that one of those charged Tuesday is 19-year-old MSU Spartan Dion Sims. The Spartans list Sims as a sophomore tight end and the school said he has been suspended.  The Michigan State football standout is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property.

Robert C. Bobb, DPS Emergency Financial Manager, issued the following statement:

“I’ve seen a lot of things since my time in Detroit, right down to people stealing bags of lunch money from our kids, but this case really floored me.

Since June 2009, 29 Detroit Public Schools have been burglarized. This was a highly-organized crime ring that was centered on stealing from Detroit’s schoolchildren.

Numerous law enforcement agencies partnered together to bring down this ring of criminals. Investigators used the very latest technology to identify those responsible for numerous thefts. Law enforcement liaison personnel from Absolute Software assisted in locating and providing intelligence information that led to the recovery of stolen DPS laptops and identification of those responsible.


Through this advanced technology, the DPS Office of the Inspector General recovered laptops located throughout the United States -- in Arizona, Ohio, California, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Tennessee. The computers also were found in Canada, and as far away as the Middle East.

Through this advanced technology, the DPS Office of the Inspector General recovered laptops located throughout the United States -- in Arizona, Ohio, California, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Tennessee. The computers also were found in Canada, and as far away as the Middle East.

But let me say this: today’s charges show that we don’t care if you are the cowardly two-bit criminal wearing ski masks and raiding one of our schools in the middle of the night; or whether you’re a football player from one of our state’s biggest universities trafficking in stolen goods in your off-time; or whether you’re a sophisticated marketer of DPS’ stolen goods on the Internet.



To us, you’re all a bunch of thugs. And we want those thugs to know that they can’t continue to use Detroit Public Schools as their personal store, converting laptops and other essential necessities for our children into money-making rings.

We want those thugs to know that we know where you are. You won’t be stealing from our kids for long. We’ve got you marked, and we’re coming after you.”

 

 

 
   

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