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F-M student arrested in thefts

Last week, a 15-year-old from Fayetteville-Manlius High School was arrested as a result of an investigation of a rash of thefts that occurred over a period of two months.

The school had reported the thefts to the Manlius Police Department and investigators recovered property valued at about $4,600 at the student's home, according to police officials. The stolen items included about 35 scientific calculators, cell phones and portable games.

F-MHS is equipped with surveillance cameras, which have proven effective in capturing any illegal activity that takes place.

"Once the activity is viewed," Kaiser said, "it is investigated thoroughly, and appropriate disciplinary action is taken."

When asked about the frequency of theft at her school district, East Syracuse-Minoa Superintendent Donna DeSiato, said ES-M schools have a very low rate of any type of theft, and that the recovery rate is nearly 100 percent when it does happen.

Besides the use of surveillance cameras, DeSiato attributes its success in this area through a concerted effort to make students aware of the consequences of this kind of behavior.

"Parents in the community understand the [district] takes these things very seriously," she said.

Additionally, the middle school and high school each have truant officers that frequently remind students to lock their items or to keep them in a safe place, "so as to minimize any temptations," DeSiato said.

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