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Police and fire


Teacher who stole must repay school


A teacher who admitted to stealing money, electronics and old yearbooks from Van Wert City School must pay back more than $13,000.

Sandra D. Adams, whose age was not given, pleaded guilty to five felony counts of unauthorized use of property charges in a Van Wert County court Friday, according to a news release from Van Wert County.

A Van Wert police investigation found missing money from the school’s yearbook fund – which Adams managed for four years – as well as missing revenue from powder-puff football games, admissions, and concessions and jersey sales involving Adams, the release said.

Police also found school electronics linked to Adams at pawnshops and found that she forged financial documents relating to yearbook camps, stole yearbook advertisement donations and bought Walmart gift cards using a school account, according to the release.

According to police, she did all this without the school’s permission.

Then, police discovered that Adams sold roughly 100 old yearbooks to an online business – again, without the school’s consent, investigators said.

Along with reimbursing the school, Adams must receive treatment and spend time on Ohio’s version of probation, according to investigators and Van Wert court records.