Following a criminal investigation, an employee with Wayne County Schools was arrested this week on theft charges.
School officials notified law enforcement officers in May about the possible theft of cleaning and janitorial supplies from the Operations Department.
Detectives conducted surveillance and made undercover purchases of the stolen items belonging to the school system. On Wednesday, deputies conducted a traffic stop ad located some of the stolen items in the vehicle. Asearch warrant was then executed at the home of Michael Wayne Hobbs leading to his arrest.
Hobbs, 50, of Dudley was charged Wednesday with felony larceny by an employee. He was given an $8,000 bond. Hobbs had been employed by Wayne County Schools since December 2009. He was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Thursday.
Officials claim Hobbs had been taking items from the school warehouse where he worked in and then sold the stolen items to other individuals who in turn were reselling the items in various locations in Wayne and surrounding counties.
“We appreciate the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for its support and attention to detail in this investigation,” states Wayne County School Superintendent Michael Dunsmore. “As a public entity, we have a responsibility to be fiscally responsible and maintain the highest integrity in all areas of our school operations. As such, the district is currently auditing its protocols and safeguards in the areas of warehouse shipping and receiving, and will address any areas of concern to better protect custodial supplies and other inventories from potential theft or mismanagement.”