- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A facilities director for the Warwick School Department is facing charges after police say they found school equipment and tools at his home.

Warwick police began investigating 48-year-old David LaPlante, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, and searched his home after school administrators reported suspicious purchasing patterns earlier this month.

Police said the equipment is valued at nearly $73,000.

LaPlante did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. He was charged Wednesday with five counts of being a municipal employee who wrongfully converted property or money to personal use. He was released on $50,000 bond after his arraignment. He did not enter a plea.

The school district fired him earlier this month.

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This story has been corrected to show that the charges were filed on Wednesday, not Tuesday.


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