Man sentenced for stealing more than 60 laptops from Portland elementary school

Posted March 21, 2011, at 3:22 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 31-year-old Portland man is going to jail for five months after stealing more than 60 laptop computers from an elementary school under construction near his home.

Brian Berry was sentenced Monday in Cumberland County Superior Court after pleading guilty to felony theft and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. According to WMTW-TV, he also was ordered to pay more than $17,000 in restitution to the Maine School Management Organization.

Police said Berry stole the Apple computers as contractors were working to finish construction on the Ocean Avenue Elementary School last fall. Investigators found many of the missing computers, as well as some marijuana, in a search of Berry’s home.