Three charged in theft of 14 iPads from Dryden Elementary School

DRYDEN, N.Y. - Police have arrested three men who are suspected of stealing more than a dozen iPads from an elementary school classroom more than six months ago.

On May 17, police responded to Dryden Elementary School to investigate a report of 14 missing iPads.

A teacher told police that the iPads were stolen from a classroom between May 15 and May 16. Multiple school staff members and custodial employees were interviewed, though no suspect had been identified.

On Sep. 22, the Dryden Police Department was notified of a hit on two of the serial numbers associated with the stolen iPads, which had been sold in the city of Ithaca, police said.

The investigation reopened, and three men were charged: Nickolas J. Eaton, 21, of Dryden; Tyler M. Beeman, 20, of Dryden; and Michael Lee Hines, Jr., 20, of Freeville.

They were arraigned in Dryden Town Court to appear at a later date.