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South Carolina commit accused of stealing iPods and iPads from elementary school

Sam Cooper
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Michael Bowman, a member of South Carolina’s 2015 recruiting class, was arrested Friday on 16 counts of misdemeanor larceny.

According to the Havelock News, Bowman, a three-star wide receiver from Havelock, N.C., allegedly stole six iPads and two iPods that belonged to Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School. Additionally, Edwards allegedly stole “eight other iPods belonging to an employee from the school.”

According to a release from the Havelock Police Department, the thefts occurred over a period of five weeks “from June 9 to July 16.” Bowman was working for a company hired to clean the school over the course of the summer, the release said. 

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Since Bowman was allowed to be in the school because of his employment, no breaking and entering charges were filed against him, said District Attorney Scott Thomas.

Thomas said that since each item had a value of less than $1,000, the district attorney’s office opted to charge Bowman with “separate misdemeanors for each alleged theft.” In the state of North Carolina, stolen items that are valued at more than $1,000 “can carry felony charges.”

Bowman, who committed to South Carolina in March, did not suit up for Havelock High School in its first two games this season.

For more South Carolina news, visit GamecockCentral.com.

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