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Random Lake schools' tech. coordinator charged with computer theft


SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - The Sheboygan County District Attorney has filed felony theft charges against a now former technology coordinator for the Random Lake School District for stealing more than 500 Asus tablet computers and iPads. 

33-year-old Mark Ustby of Milwaukee is accused of stealing the tablet computers over an eight month period. 

He apparently sold them on Craigslist because he needed the money to support others that were worse off than him.  

An entire shipment of 300 Asus tablet computers that arrived over the summer was sold. He also stole 50 iPads that were donated by a local computer store. Ustby never informed the district about the donation.

Ustby abruptly resigned from the district last week. 

After his departure, the district discovered that hundreds of tablet computers were missing from his office.

The theft is estimated to be worth around $180,000.

The district's insurance company quickly approved the purchase of replacements which will arrive and be rolled out with educational software by next Wednesday. 

"They are used fairly heavily, last year was the first deployment of iPads at the elementary school, this was year was going to be the deployment at the middle school" Superintendent Tom Malmstadt said.