Man charged with stealing computer equipment from schools

Police have arrested and charged a man for allegedly stealing millions of dollars in computer equipment from Central Texas schools by posing as a technician sent to upgrade their networks.

Mark A. McCullars, 37, was arrested April 15 and charged with felony theft in connection with incidents at two Austin schools, Sgt. J.J. Schmidt of the Austin Independent School District Police announced April 29.

According to a probable cause affidavit, McCullars admitted to police that he stole more than 150 computers or switches worth more than $2 million since 1999. He has implicated another man who allegedly shipped the stolen items to California and Canada.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for that man and are searching for five to seven other people from the San Antonio area who allegedly were involved with the thefts. The thieves targeted schools along the Interstate 35 corridor from Temple to San Antonio. In each case, police say, two suspects walked into a school office and stated or implied they were sent by district headquarters. They asked to see the school’s computer nerve center and ran off with thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment (see “Theft of networking equipment has districts on high alert“).

A fingerprint found at a San Antonio school led police to McCullars.

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