Upstate New York Teacher Busted-Had Students Stash Stolen Goods
The news is disappointing when a teacher is involved in criminal behavior. When the teacher involves their students, then police find illegal weapons at the teacher's house, the situation has taken a disturbing turn. That troubling turn-of-events took place at an upstate New York middle school.
Police believe that, on one occasion, the teacher in question had students load his car with stolen property during the school day. When law enforcement searched the suspected teacher's house, they found an arsenal of illegal weapons and ammunition.
As reported by Rylee Kirk of syracuse.com, the Fulton Police Department arrested Jesse Weigand of Oswego, New York on charges that include felony theft and child endangerment. Weigand is a technology and shop teacher at Fulton Junior High. The police reported that they began investigating the teacher back in January for theft. The list of stolen goods that Weigand is accused of swiping includes tools, furniture and “consumable tool goods.”
Syracuse.com quoted the police report saying that Weigand is accused of stealing items worth approximately $13,469. However, the theft investigation will continue and that number could increase. When police searched Jesse Weigand’s house, they found nine illegal assault rifles and 91 high-capacity magazines for pistols and rifles. The report said that the magazines could hold 15 to 60 rounds of ammunition and 48 of the magazines were fully loaded. That kind of firepower in the wrong hands could be catastrophically dangerous.
Kirk reported that Weigand turned himself in on Tuesday. The 42 year-old teacher is being held in the Oswego County Jail waiting for arraignment. According to the Fulton Police press release Weigand was charged with third-degree grand larceny, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 11 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.