Divers find iPads stolen from Lady's Island Middle; 3 face charges

rlurye@islandpacket.comOctober 15, 2013 

Divers with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spent Tuesday morning searching a lake for iPads stolen from Lady's Island Middle School.

They found most of the 26 stolen devices, according to the Beaufort Police Department. Two people have been arrested in connection with the theft, and one man soon will face charges, police say.

April Lawson, 30, of Lady's Island was charged Tuesday with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of criminal conspiracy, according to Cpl. Hope Able. She is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Kyle Lord, 25, of Okatie was arrested in Jasper County on Monday on an unrelated misdemeanor, Able said. After he is transferred to Beaufort County, he also will be charged with second-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy, according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

Another man was arrested Oct. 1 in connection with the incident. Cody Auvil Perkins, 21, of Lady's Island was charged with second-degree burglary and criminal conspiracy for the iPad theft, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Perkins also was charged with second-degree burglary for allegedly stealing cash from Coosa Elementary School the night after the Lady's Island Middle break-in. His bond was set at $155,000, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.

On Sept. 21, 26 iPads, two with covers, were stolen from Lady's Island Middle School during a break-in, Able said.

On Sept. 22, Perkins and another unidentified man were seen on surveillance video at 1 a.m. at Coosa Elementary breaking into a vending machine and a cash register in the school cafeteria, stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, the Sheriff's Office has said.

The Sheriff's Office dive team searched a pond off Middle Road near Coosa Elementary School on Tuesday morning and recovered most of the iPads, Able said.

Able did not say how the department learned of the location of the iPads and said she did not know how they ended up in the pond.

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said Tuesday he did not know whether any of the iPads could be salvaged.

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