Three men are arrested for stealing thousands of Laptops stole from Fairfax County Schools

Three men are arrested for stealing thousands of Laptops stole from Fairfax County Schools

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  • The laptops were being held in a warehouse on the 6800 block of Industrial Road in Springfield. During the investigation, it was determined that a box truck registered to Attyah Computer Recycling came to the warehouse to pick up laptops on multiple occasions. The driver of the truck would not get out of the truck or show any of the paperwork necessary to receive auctioned goods. Despite the lack of paperwork, the truck was loaded up with laptops and computer parts. It was determined during the investigation that two warehouse employees were complicit in the scene.

  • Since as early as November 2020, according to Fairfax County police, three men may have stolen up to 35,000 laptops from Fairfax County Public Schools. Detectives were alerted in March, according to the Fairfax County Police Department, that thousands of surplus computers up for auction may have been improperly redistributed. An elementary school student’s prescription was taken, according to authorities, by a school health aide in Virginia.

Fairfax man arrested in connection to deadly stabbing of wife. On the morning of Thursday, July 14, FCPD detectives were conducting surveillance on the warehouse and saw the truck, which and found several stolen laptops inside. The driver, identified as 36-year-old Fadi Atiyeh of Centreville, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and larceny with intent to distribute. Later that day, two warehouse employees, 35-year-old Franque Minor II and 21-year-old Mario Jones, Jr., were arrested and charged with embezzlement and larceny with intent to distribute. Both Minor and Jones are also employed at FCPS.

 

Detectives are still working their way through “a significant” amount of evidence to determine the full scope of the scheme. As of now, detectives believe Atiyeh, Minor and Jones stole as many as 35,000 laptops estimated to be worth over $2 million, dating back to November of 2020. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to anonymously call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-8477. Anonymous tipsters could be eligible for a cash reward.

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