UPDATE 4/28/14 - The Camden County Schools employee who resigned in February amidst an investigation into missing equipment has been arrested by the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
A warrant for his arrest says Andrew Ward has been charged with one count of felony larceny by an employee.
According to the warrant, Ward stole a number of high-priced electronics and other items purchased with money from a federal grant he was hired to administer.
The warrant says Ward stole a Kronik compound bow, Nikon 3100 camera and lens, two Sony computers and three Apply iPads.
Detective Max Robeson with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were alerted to the stolen goods being pawned at a pawn shop in Elizabeth City.
The serial numbers on the items matched with numbers recorded from the equipment bought by the school system, Robeson said
CAMDEN CO. -- A Camden County Schools employee has resigned after the district's superintendent launched an investigation into allegations that equipment had gone missing from a program he oversaw.
Andrew Ward, who resigned Friday from his job with the school district, administered a $1.6 millon federal grant awarded to the district to improve health and fitness programs.
The district's superintendent, Melvin Hawkins, said he began his investigation after someone reported equipment had gone missing that was purchased with money from the grant.
So far, Hawkins said, his investigation has turned up two missing iPads and a laptop computer.
In an interview Thursday, Hawkins said it was too early to know how the equipment had gone missing. He also said it was unclear if those were the only items purchased with money from the grant that cannot be accounted for.
Ward was hired to administer the grant in 2012.
A search of public court records conducted by a 13News Now reporter uncovered a 2010 judgment entered against Andrew Ward for writing hundreds of dollars worth of bad checks.
Hawkins said the school district performed a background check on Ward and was aware of his criminal record when he was hired.
Ward's record was not a concern, Hawkins explained, because his job administering the grant did not involve interacting with students.
A person home at the most recent address listed for Ward did not come to the door on Thursday.