A former Brownwood school district employee was arrested Monday in connection with December 2017 theft of 10 laptop computers.

Gladys Bryant, 54, of Brownwood, was arrested on an indictment for theft of property over $2,500 under $30,000 by a public servant, Brown County Jail records state. Bryant is free on $10,000 bond.

Bryant, who worked at the school district’s central office as a receptionist and food service assistant, was terminated in February in connection with the theft, the district said earlier in a press release. Police recovered nine of the computers, which are valued at $1,100 each, from two Brownwood residences, police said.

The computers were taken from a locked storage area, school superintendent Dr. Joe Young said.

According to the school district’s February press release:

In early December 2017, several computers were determined to be missing. The district’s technology department activated the tracking software on the computers and notified the Brownwood Police Department.

The computers were located Jan. 12 “through the hard work of the Brownwood PD and the Brownwood ISD Technology Department,” the district said in the press release.

“Because of statements made to the police during the investigation, an employee of the district was immediately terminated,” the district said.

“We are grateful for the hard work of the Brownwood Police Department in recovering our property,” Young said Tuesday via email. “Taking resources allocated for our students is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

According to a press release from Brownwood Assistant Police Chief James Fuller:

On Dec 9, 2017, school resource officer Fred Bastardo responded to the Brownwood ISD administrative building regarding a report of theft of school district property. Bastardo spoke with the school’s Information Technology Department and learned that 10 Mac-Book Air Laptops were stolen from the building.

The laptops were new, and not formatted for school use at this time.  A report was generated and a follow-up investigation was commenced by the Brownwood Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

Bryant, who worked at the school district’s administrative office, was interviewed by detectives and has cooperated in the investigation.  Subsequent to the interviews, 9 out of the 10 laptops were recovered. 

On April 25, 2018, following a session of the Brown County Grand Jury, a warrant was issued for Bryant’s arrested. Bryant was subsequently arrested for a third degree felony charge of theft of property and released on a $10,000 bond.