Teacher Charged With Stealing School Computer

October 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM


PATERSON, NJ – A teacher at School 25 was arrested Monday morning and charged with stealing a computer that was supposed to be used by her students, Passaic County Sheriff Richard h. Berdnik announced.

Mawiyah S Britton-Reed, 38, was arrested at her home on North 11th Street in Newark, according to Berdnik. Authorities said they tracked the stolen computer to her home from Absolute/Computer LoJack.

Sign Up for E-News

County detectives showed up at Britton-Reed’s home at 7 am. “As the situation was explained to her, multiple other computers were shown to the detectives,’’ said Bernik’s press release. “Ms. Britton-Reed became extremely nervous and advised the detectives that she did in fact have the laptop computer in question.  The stolen Dell Laptop was produced and recovered.”

In May, authorities used the Lojack software to track down two other computers stolen from city schools. At that time, city education officials proclaimed in news stories that they had installed the software in 15,000 school computers.

But Britton-Reed apparently wasn’t paying attention.

She admitted in a sworn statement that the computer had been assigned to one of her students last year and she took the computer home after the student transferred out of the school, according to Berdnik. Once she had the computer at her home, she changed various settings and programs, converting it from school to personnel use, the sheriff said.

“The Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate any type of theft of public property,” said Berdnik. “An individual who is entrusted with public property, cannot utilize it for their own personal use. The students of Paterson deserve to use all equipment purchased for them by the Board of education.”

The sheriff's department credited the school district's security director, James Smith, and his staff for their cooperation in the investigation.

Britton-Reed was charged with one count of theft and one count of receiving stolen property. 

Paterson Public Schools spokeswoman Terry Corallo said the district had been notified of the arrests and that officials would discuss her employment status, according to a story on northjersey.com.



Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, November 12, 1:00 PM

Hamilton Club Building, Paterson

Publication Celebration with Readers from ...

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, November 15, 3:00 PM

Governor Paterson Towers I, Paterson

Free Diabetes Program in Spanish (El Programa de ...

Education Health & Wellness

Wed, May 3, 8:00 PM

NJPAC, Newark

Shen Yun 2017 at NJPAC

Arts & Entertainment

Pass me a Flagel with Cream Cheese, Please

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually going to get some duffins, ...

Woodland Park Residents Will Vote to Reopen School 1, As Crowding At Memorial Becomes An Issue

October 18, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – On November 8, Woodland Park residents will have the opportunity to vote for the school district’s bond referendum to reopen School No. 1, located on McBride Avenue.

The school district is in favor of reopening School No. 1 to address overcrowding at Memorial Middle School. There are currently classes being taught in the cafeteria and the library due to the ...

Impact 100 Garden State Announces Seven Finalists; Welcomes Wendy Steele as Keynoter

October 18, 2016

When Impact 100 Garden State arrived in New Jersey in 2012, it offered women an innovative way to transform the act of charitable giving.  The effort was local, but the founders’ inspiration came from Wendy Steele who created the Impact 100 concept in Cincinnati 2001. Her idea was straightforward: first recruit 100 women who would donate $1,000 each, then pool the money to fund a local ...