PATTONVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) – Two Pattonville students are facing felony charges for trying to turn school property into a quick profit.
Police say the two students tried to sell their take-home computers on the street. A high-schooler and middle-schooler allegedly hatched a plan to not only sell the computers they were assigned, but to steal from a fellow student too.
Every Pattonville student is assigned a take-home Apple laptop – an item that the district says is crucial to their education. St. Ann police say that two students, however, saw them more for their monetary value than their educational value.
Last month, the mother of a 13-year-old called police from her apartment complex to report two laptops stolen from her student and a 15-year-old friend. But police say the supposed victims were actually the thieves, and that the co-conspirators sold $3,000 worth of computers for $300 to 25-year-old Sylvester Tramble, who they met through a cousin and made the sale outside a convenience store.
Police charged the students as juveniles with felony stealing. Tramble was also arrested and charged with a felony.
The district says this is the first time they've had anything like this happen to their computers.