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Stolen school software found

A warranted search at a Coupeville mobile home park last Thursday turned up about $3,000 in computer software stolen from the town’s elementary school and led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man, Coupeville Marshall Lenny Marlborough said on Thursday.

It was a good day for the cops and an especially bad one for the suspect, who was also cited for growing pot.

Marlborough said during the search police found 19 starter plants along with “a ton of software,” between 45 and 50 titles identified as belonging to Coupeville Elementary School.

In all, the man, a resident of the Terry Road Mobile Home Park, was arrested on charges for possession of stolen property in the first degree, burglary in the second degree and manufacturing marijuana.

The arrest was made at about 4 p.m. in the afternoon, immediately following the search of the suspect’s residence.

Most of the hardware lifted from the school, including an Apple G4 computer and a pair of iBooks, remains unrecovered, though according to Marlborough “more arrests are expected” and the case is just about solved. The several tips received by police from community members since the March 29 school theft, coupled with Thursday’s arrest, have opened up more leads as to where the rest of the estimated $10,000 in classroom equipment might be and who might have it.

The stolen computer equipment, both hardware and software, represents items taken from several classrooms, including the elementary school’s computer lab.

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