A Brevard County Public Schools employee was arrested Thursday after deputies say he was operating a theft ring at the district’s fleet maintenance facility.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation began in December after the Superintendent’s Office received information that employees were taking tools, parts and equipment from the facility as well as ordering parts on the school’s accounts and were then using the parts and tools for their own property.
The investigation led to the arrest of 57-year-old Edward Strobush of Titusville Thursday at his home after investigators served a search warrant.
Strobush, who deputies say is the foreman of the truck shop for Brevard County Public Schools, was charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud, and dealing in stolen property.
Deputies said multiple items, including tools, vehicle parts, and county purchased inventory, were recovered during the search of Strobush’s home.
The Sheriff’s Office said there were so many items recovered that a supply truck had to be used to transport the evidence.
Investigators said during the search they discovered that Strobush was placing items on Internet marketing sites for resale. A second search warrant was obtained and several computers and other electronics were seized for further investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies say more arrests are expected in the coming days as interviews are conducted and additional search warrants are served.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477).