Employee of program in the Wilkinsburg School District investigated for theft

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The Wilkinsburg School District is investigating an employee of an after-school program who allegedly tried to sell a 3-D printer owned by the program at a pawn shop Monday.

Superintendent Lee McFerrin confirmed today the investigation could culminate in personnel action and criminal charges against the suspect, who is employed by the Consortium for Public Education. The consortium partners with Wilkinsburg on the federally funded 21st Century Career program.

The after-school program is geared to help middle school students develop post-secondary and career goals. It provides elements of science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM subjects, to prepare middle school students for high school. It also offers tutoring and operates Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:45 p.m. for about 60 middle school students.

Mr. McFerren said an employee of a Downtown Pittsburgh pawn shop called the district after the suspect, who has not been identified, came in with the printer. When district officials notified the pawn shop that the printer belonged to the after-school program, it was returned to them.

Mr. McFerren said the investigation is being conducted jointly by the school district, the consortium and police.

“There are a few more details that need to be confirmed, and the result will have to be a collaborative decision,” he said.


Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.

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