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Crime Stoppers: Stolen iPads Returned, Suspect Still Sought

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

That the iPads in question have been returned does not negate the fact that a crime was committed. Statement from around the neighborhood seem to hint that the school may not have been the only stop for the duo, that early morning.

"I've been here 10 years and we've never had anybody break in in the middle of the night and steal technologies out of our classrooms," said Brainerd Baptist School Headmaster Sean Corcoran.

It happened a week ago, in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday. "May the 6th about 4 in the morning," explained Chattanooga Police Officer Tim McFarland, "the alarm system was turned off, and two suspects...or, who we believe are the suspects in this case, appear on camera trying to gain entry into the school."

The custodian had arrived just a minutes before and had shut down the alarm to enter and work in a different part of the building, which is large: three floors, 100,000 square feet.

On the surveillance video, one of the suspects seems conscious of the camera; the other, not so much. "They're white males," said Officer McFarland. "One of them, for sure, you could see his face. I think we should be able to get a positive identity on him."

The 11 iPads were returned, through a lawyer, protecting the identity of the suspects through attorney-client privilege, but a crime has been committed. "They're looking at a minimum felony," McFarland added. "Ultimately, it is the decision of the headmaster to prosecute in this case and right now, he's working with our investigators."

"I mean you're talking $4,000 worth of technology," said Headmaster Corcoran. "There's never a good time, obviously. It was two weeks of school let out, so we're going to compensate and do we need to do."

Once Corcoran posted the story and suspects' pictures on social media and on a popular neighborhood web site, others in the area spoke up. "There were several reports of somebody checking doors in the neighborhood that night, as well," said Corcoran. "So, I would assume they were just looking for something."

"To me," he added, "it doesn't matter if it's a church or school. It's just it's not right."

If you recognize the suspects, you could earn some free cash. On the other hand, if you are one of the guys from the surveillance video, you are urged to turn yourself in. As officer McFarland advised, investigators might be a lot more willing to work with you than a judge would be.

Call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333.

Up to $1,000 reward cash is on the table and we will never ask your identity.

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