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Saddle Brook detective, Garfield officers arrest maintenance worker in sale of stolen iPads from Englewood Jewish school

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A maintenance worker at a private Englewood Jewish school who sold several stolen Ipads to a Saddle Brook pawnshop was nabbed moments later by an alert township detective and Garfield police officer before he could unload more, authorities said.

It began when Saddle Brook Detective Sgt. Thomas Johnson stopped a car being driven carelessly out of the Saddle Brook Center on Route 46 around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Police Chief Robert Kugler told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Garfield Officers Marc Amos and Christopher Strabone backed him up, and they spotted several 16G I-Pads in the vehicle with covers from the Moriah School, Kugler said.

With the consent of the driver, identified as 31-year-old Christopher Gasser, the officers discovered 18 additional covers without iPads, he said.

They contacted Englewood police, who quickly found that the iPads had been stored but not recently used at the school.

The officers then went to Cash Converters, a pawn shop in the shopping center, where Kugler said Gasser sold four of the stolen iPads for $200.

Gasser was charged with receiving stolen property and released without bail pending a Municipal Court appearance this coming Tuesday and further investigation, the chief said.

The Moriah School, a Modern Orthodox school, says it educates nearly 900 students from preschool through 8th grade.

Englewood police were following up after learning that at least 40 more iPads and 20 or more Ipods were missing from the school.

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